With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season this year with 11-17 named storms—five to nine of which are expected to become hurricanes—here are a few ways Houstonians can stay prepared this season.
1. Put together a disaster supplies kit.
A disaster supplies kit should include the following items, according to the National Hurricane Center:
• One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
• At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Manual can opener
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
• Pet food, leashes, crates and medications
2. Locate a hurricane evacuation route.
If you plan to evacuate in the event of a hurricane, make sure to plan an evacuation route in advance.
Some of the major Greater Houston area evacuation routes include the following highways:
• Hwy. 290
• Hwy. 59
• Hwy. 83/Hwy. 281
Click here to see evacuate routes recommended by the Houston-Galveston Area Council.
Click here to see evacuation routes recommended by the Texas Department of Transportation.
3. Know the local emergency resources:
Here are some local organizations that can come in handy in the event of an emergency:
American Red Cross/ Greater Houston Area Chapter
2700 Hwy. 59, Houston
Brazoria County Office of Emergency Management
111 E. Locust St., Angleton
Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management
307 Fort St., Richmond
Galveston County Office of Emergency Management
1353 FM646 West, Ste. 201, Dickinson
Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
6922 Old Katy Road, Houston
Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
9472 Airport Road, Conroe
United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Dr., Houston
4. Enroll in a local Community Emergency Response Team program.
CERT programs offer basic training courses throughout the year to better prepare residents in the event of an emergency.
Harris County Citizen Corps
Contact: Mark Sloan, email@example.com
Fort Bend County CERT Program
281-342-6185 or 281-342-4798
Contact: Shauna Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Oaks Community (Magnolia)
Contact: Benji Perkins, email@example.com
Contact: Jackie Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Montgomery County CERT
936-523-3903 or 936-523-3910
Contact: Miranda Garvey, Miranda.email@example.com
Pearland Area Citizens Corps
281-997-9777 or 281-412-7034
Contact: Buck Stevens, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Woodlands CERT
Contact: Allison Downey, email@example.com