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Hurricane Harvey

What To Do Once Harvey Makes Landfall

As Harvey strengthens into a potentially life-threatening event with historic rainfall, it’s important to know what steps to take once Harvey arrives on the Texas coast.

National Weather Service
Radar view as Hurricane Harvey makes his way to the Texas Coast.

The National Hurricane Center has warned Texas residents to have preparations “rushed to completion” Friday morning as Hurricane Harvey strengthens and moves slowly toward the Texas coast.

Once Harvey makes landfall, it’s important to be prepared by following a few key steps:

  • Let friends and family know you’re safe via Facebook’s Safety Check.
  • Make sure your computers, tablets, and phones are completely charged.
  • Have apps on your phone that will allow you to make calls over Wi-Fi such as WhatsApp and Facebook.
  • Download the Federal Emergency Management App to your phone. The FEMA app allows you to receive weather alerts, get safety reminders, and locate open shelters.
  • Check reliable news sources only in regards to alerts and information.
  • Check the Fly2Houston website to see how travel plans will be impacted.

According to the National Weather Service, the hurricane will have 80-mph winds and will be a category 3 at landfall in the middle Texas coast by Friday night or Saturday morning.