Get Ready for Hurricane Season, Texas DPS Advises
"Adequate and advance preparation is one of the most significant ways Texans can help mitigate the unpredictable and dangerous nature of hurricanes," said DPS Director Steven McCraw.
The Texas Department of Public Safety on May 6 urged Texas residents to prepare for this year's hurricane season and to begin preparing for any possible storms. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.
"Adequate and advance preparation is one of the most significant ways Texans can help mitigate the unpredictable and dangerous nature of hurricanes," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Although residents along the Gulf Coast are the most vulnerable, storms can endanger communities far inland, and DPS is urging Texans to start taking precautions now for the 2015 hurricane season."
DPS's alert reminded Texans that hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and areas several hundred miles inland, and winds can exceed 155 miles per hour. It listed measures that residents can take now to prepare for potential storms:
- Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential documents, supplies, and provisions.
- Review hurricane evacuation maps and select a route for you and your family.
- Plan how all family members and pets will evacuate safely.
- Consider any special needs for individuals with disabilities or the elderly.
- Stay informed about changing weather conditions in and around your area.
For more information on these tips and other ways to prepare for the 2015 hurricane season, visit www.texasprepares.org.