28 Jul How to Prepare for a Texas Storm
Texas is a prime spot for severe types of weather. Anything from tornadoes to hurricanes can bombard the state. Hurricanes can bring anything from street flooding to drenching rain, and even tornadoes. Here at All Dry USA, these are the tips that we find most helpful in dealing with severe Texas storms.
Always be up to date on weather and news reports. Hurricane conditions can change by the hour, and it is best to know what might be headed in any given direction. Also listen for flash flood warnings and watches. If a home is located in a low-lying area, it may be prudent to evacuate. Listening for tornado watches and warnings is also important, and you’ll want to know beforehand of nearby tornado safe shelters in case a warning is put out.
Know the Storm
When dealing with hurricanes, it is important to know which kind of storm is which, so that the right preparations can be taken. Know the difference between a tropical storm and the different categories of hurricanes. Once the type of storm is known, the right preparations can be put into place.
Organize Emergency Supplies
This can be by far the most important step in preparing for severe weather. Assemble a basic emergency supply kit that includes these items in particular:
- Five gallons of drinking water. This needs to be per person and should last for five days’ time. The water should be in a sealable container such as a camping jug or water cooler.
- Pack nonperishable food that will last anywhere from three to seven days. This should include baby formula, eating utensils, and a can opener. If there is a power failure, the refrigerator will be able to keep food cold longer if the door is only opened when necessary. Don’t forget to pack food for the pets as well.
- Moist towelettes, plastic trash bags, and toilet paper are also a must. Sanitation is very important, as the spread of disease needs to be kept to a minimum. Be sure to keep trash in a closed container and away from the living space, such as in the garage or in a room that is unused.
- Pack a first aid kit stocked with personal hygiene products and medication. These items should include toothpaste, soap, diapers, and feminine products. Include chlorine bleach as well as a medicine dropper that will be handy in making disinfectant.
- Tools and flashlights are another important staple of a supply kit. Keep a flashlight for every family member and pack extra batteries as well. Pack a battery powered radio and a box of matches handy in case those may be needed. A solar powered charger is also a good idea in case any of these items need to be recharged. A basic tool set that contains screw drivers, a hammer, a utility knife, and pliers is a must in case of emergency.
- Lastly, include emergency contact information, copies of important documents, extra cash, maps of the surrounding areas, and an extra set of house and car keys in the emergency supply kit.