Summer: Time to Be Prepared

It’s the time of year for pool parties and trips to the beach. But it’s also the time of the year when more drowning deaths occur and hurricanes are a hovering threat. As Laurie Johnson reports, the Red Cross is once again urging people to be prepared.

June 20th is the official first day of summer.
But Sunday is the first day of hurricane season.

Every year, officials promote the same message:
Be ready, be prepared, have a plan.
And every year, thousands, if not millions, of people
ignore them.

“A certain level of apathy sets in to the community because we’re now almost three seasons away from a major disaster here in the Houston area.”

Davis Henderson is CEO of the Houston Red Cross.
He says people usually have to hear a message seven
times before they respond.

So the hope is that each time the preparedness message
is repeated, more people will be ready.

“We can’t overemphasize the importance of water safety at this time of the year. School is out, families are planning vacations and so many of our vacations are around the water, whether it’s a backyard pool or whether it’s at the beach or whether it’s out boating. It’s also close to hurricane season. This is a time for all of us to prepare ourselves because that season lasts for almost six months here on the Texas Gulf Coast.”

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Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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