Stay Prepared for Hurricanes, Texas Agency Reminds Residents

"As hurricane season continues, we are reminded of the lessons learned in the wake of Hurricane Harvey," Texas Governor Greg Abbott said. "The state is proactively allocating the necessary resources to protect lives and property in the event of another hurricane, and it is imperative that Texas families do the same."

The 2018 hurricane season is far from over, the Texas Department of Public Safety noted in an Aug. 2 post reminding Texans to evaluate their emergency plans now and monitor weather forecasts for the development of potential storms. Historically, August and September are the most active months during the Atlantic hurricane season, according to the agency. The season began June 1 and continues through Nov. 30.

"As hurricane season continues, we are reminded of the lessons learned in the wake of Hurricane Harvey," Texas Governor Greg Abbott said. "The state is proactively allocating the necessary resources to protect lives and property in the event of another hurricane, and it is imperative that Texas families do the same. When severe weather hits, being adequately prepared can mean the difference between life and death, and I encourage all Texans to take an active role in ensuring their own safety this hurricane season."

"As we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the type of devastation that hurricanes can cause is on the minds of many Texans," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "DPS wants to remind all Texas residents to take precautions now to prepare for the peak months of hurricane season. Early and adequate preparations are of paramount importance, and Texans should take precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their property well before a storm hits."

Measures state residents could take now to prepare for potential storms include:

  • 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.
  • Follow the instructions of local officials if a storm develops.

Texas residents also are being encouraged to review their property's flood risk and current insurance coverage and consider whether a separate flood policy should be part of their home protection plan.

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