How To Be Ready For Harvey

With Harvey expected to hit the Texas coast on Friday, steps should be taken to ensure hurricane preparedness for Houston residents.

From August 23, 2017, a five-day tropical weather outlook from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida shows a near 100% chance of Harvey reforming into a tropical depression over the next 48 hours.

When a hurricane is coming to your area, it’s time to get smart.

According to the National Weather Service, the proper steps are to secure your home, stay tuned in, and follow instructions.

  • Cover all of your windows. You can board up the windows with built-to-fit plywood or invest in permanent storm shutters.
  • To stay tuned in, check the National Weather Service website for your local area.
  • You can also follow the latest storm news on our website.
  • The National Weather Service advises that if you aren’t evacuating, you should seek refuge in a small room, closet or hallway.
  • Stay away from glass and windows.

The City of Houston Emergency Operations Center provides news updates and emergency information for Houston residents who wish to be prepared and in the know regarding tropical storms and hurricanes.

The Emergency Operations Center encourages Houston residents to:

  • have a plan in case of evacuations
  • prepare supplies for 5-7 days
  • identify where you will shelter-in-place in your home.

The UT Health Leader website provides a before and after handbook for hurricanes and floods.

These are the items they say you should have on hand:

  • clean containers for water
  • at least 5 gallons of water per person
  • a 3-5 day supply of non perishables
  • baby food or formula
  • prescription medication
  • first aid kit
  • fire extinguisher
  • flashlights and extra batteries
  • personal care products


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