Plan for Hurricane Season Before Disaster Hits

The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1–Nov. 30 and is forecasted to have above-average activity this year. Now is a good time to assess how ready you are for a natural disaster.

When there is a hurricane or other disaster, HHS staff continue working together to meet the needs of Texans across the state.

Make sure your family is ready for a hurricane or any other disaster, especially if you live in a coastal area.

Wind and water hazards from a hurricane can occur hundreds of miles inland depending on the storm’s strength. Do you live in an area prone to flooding? Is it safe to remain in your home? Fill out Texas Ready’s Family Emergency Plan form (PDF) to help you prepare. The Texas Ready website also includes a Disaster Supply Checklist.

Once you have determined your risk, begin the following hurricane preparedness preparations:

  1. Develop an evacuation plan if you determine it is not safe to remain in your home (for example, if you live in a flood-prone zone).
  2. Assemble disaster supplies like food, water, medications and first-aid items, gas, batteries, emergency documents, and if needed, baby and pet supplies (for evacuating or sheltering in place).
  3. Check with your insurance company and know your current policy information.
  4. Strengthen your home by covering windows, trimming trees and securing all doors and loose outdoor items.
  5. Complete a written plan with a contact list and keep critical documents together for quick access.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency offer resources for hurricane-specific preparations.