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Hurricane Season Preparation

As residents of Houston, Texas, we are no strangers to the threat of hurricanes. These powerful storms can bring devastating winds, heavy rainfall, and flooding, putting our families and communities at risk. As childcare providers and parents, it's crucial to be proactive and have a solid plan in place to ensure the safety of our little ones during these extreme weather events.

 

This blog post aims to provide a comprehensive guide on how to prepare for a hurricane in Houston, including a thorough checklist and local resources to help you weather the storm.


 Before the Storm

 

- Stay informed: Monitor local news, weather reports, and official advisories from the National Hurricane Center and the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management. Sign up for emergency alerts and download weather apps to receive real-time updates. [1]

 

- Create an emergency plan: Discuss and practice your family's hurricane plan, including evacuation routes, safe rooms within your home, and designated meeting places. Identify nearby shelters and make arrangements for pets.

 

- Assemble emergency supplies: Gather essential items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, cash, and important documents. Pack a "go bag" with essentials in case you need to evacuate quickly.

 

- Secure your home: Board up windows, clear gutters and downspouts, trim trees and shrubs, and secure loose outdoor items. Consider investing in hurricane shutters or impact-resistant windows.

 

- Review insurance policies: Ensure your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy is up-to-date and covers wind and flood damage. Document your belongings with photos or videos for insurance purposes.


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During the Storm

 

- Stay indoors: Remain in a safe room or interior room without windows until the storm passes. Avoid using elevators and stay away from windows and glass doors.

 

- Monitor updates: Keep listening to local news and weather reports for the latest information and instructions from authorities.

 

- Prepare for power outages: Have flashlights, battery-powered radios, and backup power sources ready. Unplug small appliances and electronics to prevent damage from power surges.

 

- Avoid floodwaters: Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters, as they may be contaminated or deeper than they appear.

 

After the Storm

 

- Assess damage: Once the storm has passed and it's safe to go outside, inspect your home for any damage and document it with photos or videos for insurance purposes. [1][4]

 

- Be cautious: Beware of downed power lines, fallen trees, and debris. Avoid standing water, as it may be electrically charged or contaminated. [1][4]

 

- Follow official instructions: Listen to local authorities for guidance on when it's safe to return home, boil water advisories, and other important information. [1][4]

 

Local Hurricane Resources

 

- City of Houston Office of Emergency Management: Provides emergency alerts, evacuation information, and hurricane preparedness resources. Visit houstonoem.org or call 311.

 

- Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management: Offers hurricane tracking, evacuation maps, and shelter information. Visit readyharris.org or call 713-881-3100.

 

- American Red Cross Greater Houston Chapter: Assists with emergency shelters, supplies, and recovery efforts. Visit redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast or call 713-526-8300.

 

- Houston Food Bank: Distributes emergency food and supplies during and after hurricanes. Visit houstonfoodbank.org or call 832-369-9390.

 

By following this comprehensive guide and staying informed, you can help ensure the safety and well-being of your family during hurricane season in Houston. Remember, preparedness is key, and taking proactive steps can make a significant difference in weathering these powerful storms. Stay safe, PLC families!

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