The current weather forecast is looking pretty hectic for Houston, TX. Reports show Harvey increasing in strength and now is projected as a Category 3 Hurricane when it makes landfall this Friday, August 25, 2017. Current projected rainfall is at 5-15 inches between Friday and into early next week, which will bring potential flooding into the area. Now is the time to prepare in case your area experiences flooding!
Below are tips on what you can do to keep yourself and your family safe during the turbulent weather coming to Houston, Texas!
When a watch or warning is issued
- Leave low lying areas
- Protect windows with plywood boards, or storm shutters.
- Secure outside objects.
- Make sure you have plenty of fuel and water.
- Make sure you have lighting in case of a power outage, such as flashlights or battery-operated lanterns (do not use candles!).
- Have several days supply of food (non-perishable) and water for each family member.
- Prepare a first aid kit, or purchase one.
- Make sure you have cash on hand for purchases.
- Prepare an evacuation kit by gathering your most important items, such as pictures, in your vehicles so you can leave immediately if called to evacuate. Below are some suggested items:
- Important documents, such as social security cards and birth certificates
- Freeze all meat so it will last for several days if a power outage occurs.
- Freeze a gallon or two of water so it can be used to keep your fridge contents cool during an extended power outage.
- Bring in all loose outdoor items to remove potential projectiles during high winds.
- Have outdoor extension cords – a neighbor may have power and you don’t or vice versa, so work together to provide power to each other in these situations.
Before the Storm
- Be ready to put your plan and preparation into action.
- Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, television, or the internet.
- Have house boarded up, or have storm shutters in place.
- Have plenty of food and water.
- Make sure all your tools, supplies, and first aid kit are readily available for use.
- Have a secure room available.
- Fill up your tubs with water – this is for flushing toilets.
- Be sure to have a battery operated radio available.
During the Storm
- Stay in your Secure Room.
- Stay away from windows.
- Keep pets safe indoors.
- Do not use the phone, or candles.
- Monitor Weather and Civil Service Bulletins on either regular or NOAA radio.
- Have supplies on hand.
- Remain indoors when the eye moves over your area because the storm will resume shortly.
After the Storm
- Make sure that all is definitely clear outside, and the storm has completely passed before going out.
- Report downed power lines, and stay away from them.
- Use stored water and food.
- Be patient. Things will take a while before they get back to normal.