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The thought of a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado wreaking havoc on your Texas home can be nerve-wracking and downright frightening. While you can’t control the weather, you can prepare for it.
The good news is that you can protect your home with emergency preparedness planning.
Our guide covers all the information you need to stay safe in various natural disasters.
If damage has already struck, don’t hesitate. Contact All Dry USA today to mitigate risks and restore your home.
Fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, extreme heat, landslides—these and other natural disasters are common in Texas. According to US News, Texas is most prone to natural disasters. A big reason has to do with its geographical makeup.
From hurricanes along the Gulf Coast to earthquakes across the land and tornadoes in the Panhandle, Texas sees more natural disasters than any other state. Between 1953 to 2022, Texas has received 371 disasters. Here’s a breakdown of the types of disasters in recent history:
Hurricanes are large swirling storms formed from warm ocean waters producing 74 mph or higher winds. These high-speed winds can damage trees and buildings. When a hurricane hits land, it throws a wall of ocean water ashore, causing a massive storm surge and flooding.
Floods occur when water overflows areas that are usually dry. They can be several inches high or bring enough water to cover a house’s roof. The most common situations that lead to flooding are heavy rainfall, dams breaking, melting snow and ice, and ocean waves coming onto shore like a storm surge.
Wildfires are uncontrollable fires that burn in wildland vegetation, typically in rural areas. They often burn in savannas, grasslands, forests, and other ecosystems. They spread rapidly and generate dangerous smoke, threatening lives and nearby properties.
A tornado is a funnel-shaped cloud that travels on the ground with whirling high-speed winds of 75 to 300 miles an hour. It can travel for 50 miles and can measure up to one mile in width. It often changes direction erratically, making the path hard to predict.
Thunderstorms are violent storms that produce lightning, sometimes accompanied by other natural disasters like tornadoes, hail, strong winds, and flash floods. Lighting typically strikes during heavy rainfall and within 10 miles of the rainfall.
Winter storms can bring freezing rain, blizzards, high winds, and extreme cold. These conditions can lead to frostbite or hypothermia, where your body drops below a healthy temperature, and your skin sustains damage from freezing. Additionally, freezing rain can create layers of ice on roads, making it dangerous for travel.
Extreme heat is a period of humidity and high heat with temperatures above 90 degrees for longer than two days. It can cause heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, where the body can’t properly cool itself.
Natural disasters devastate families’ livelihoods and damage thousands of properties. Preparing to protect yourself and your family and knowing the risks is imperative. Recognizing the impending disaster and knowing how to protect yourself will help you take effective action to prepare and aid recovery. Protecting your property is just as crucial as preventing thousands of dollars in losses.
Some steps to prepare for the unexpected include developing an emergency plan, assembling a supply kit, and knowing the nearby local shelters. Each emergency is unique, and understanding the actions to take for each disaster will impact your preparation.
Natural disasters like floods, wildfires, and hurricanes may force you to evacuate. Evacuation plans require procedures to get you and your family to a safe place. Your evacuation plan should address issues such as:
Walk through your home to identify multiple exits out of each room. If doors and windows are blocked, clear the way so that you can open them for an exit. Consider equipping your bedrooms with escape ladders to provide safe evacuation routes.
Dedicate a family member to assist with evacuating infants, the elderly, small children, pets, and those with disabilities to the shelter. Keep a map on hand, so you can still navigate if your phone runs out of battery or signal.
Assign ways to communicate with the group if ever separated during a disaster. Have everyone carry each person’s name and phone number in their wallet, backpack, or purse at all times. You can use a satellite phone for emergencies. They connect to orbiting satellites, which will work when local landlines are down.
Communicating with emergency personnel is vital, especially when someone gets hurt in an accident. Many cell phones, like the iPhone, have an emergency SOS call button, which automatically calls the local emergency officials. It’ll typically call the police, fire department, or ambulance to help.
Your property is a valuable asset you want to protect during times of emergency. Sign up for a flood insurance policy or check if your existing homeowner insurance policy covers flood damage. Also, make sure to declutter gutters and drains and board windows and doors to prevent broken glass from flying around.
Preparation requires gathering the proper supplies to weather a disaster or emergency. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry disaster supply kit to use at home or to grab during evacuation. A disaster supply kit should contain necessities to survive and protect against potential hazards.
Below are the most commonly asked questions about natural disasters in Texas.
Houston and Austin are the Texas metropolitan cities most prone to natural disasters. Texas is geographically the second-largest state in the country. With a much greater land mass than in other states, natural disasters are more likely.
Texas has endured some of the most horrific disasters in history. However, none was more devastating than the infamous Hurricane that struck the Galveston Shores on September 8, 1900. This Category 4 storm hurricane had 145 mph winds and killed 8,000 to 12,000 people.
Natural disasters are terrifying, but you can prepare your home and develop a detailed plan for common disasters in Texas. Emergency and preparation plans help you survive when the unexpected strikes.
If disaster does hit, All Dry USA is here to help. Our experts help with mold remediation, water damage, and more. The longer you wait, the worse it’ll get. Call today to speak with an expert to help you get immediate recovery.
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