Dear AICS member,
We’re right in the middle of hurricane season, and because Texas hasn’t seen a hurricane in several years, it’s easy to forget what you need in order to be prepared for any storm. With Hurricane Harvey making its way toward the Texas coast, it’s a good idea to keep these tips in mind:
Before the storm:
- Make sure you have a three-day supply of non-perishable food and bottled water, as well as other essentials such as flashlights, batteries and a first-aid kit. Keep a seven-day supply of medications, a tool kit and a battery-powered radio on hand.
- Make copies of personal documents such as birth certificates, prescription information, home/vehicle policy numbers, deeds to your home and/or property and vehicle registration. Store original documents somewhere safe, such as a safe deposit box, and keep copies at home.
- Keep cash in small denominations on hand. This can come in handy in case the power goes out in your area, making ATMs and credit cards unusable.
As the hurricane approaches:
- Fill your car up with gas.
- Bring inside bicycles, lawn furniture and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
- Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances
- Set the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings and keep the doors closed so food will last longer if the power does go out.
After the storm:
- Find out if it is safe to enter your community or neighborhood. Follow the advice of local authorities.
- If it is safe to do so, take pictures of any exterior damage for insurance purposes.
- Before entering your home, look outside for damaged power lines, gas lines, foundation cracks and other exterior damage. It may be too dangerous to enter the home.
- If it is safe to enter your home, inspect the interior of the home for damage and take pictures for insurance purposes.
- Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until authorities advise that it’s free of any contaminants.
- Check the fridge for spoiled food. “If in doubt, throw it out,” the Red Cross says.
- If you see dangling power lines, stay away from them, and report them to the electric company.
Stay safe everyone!
TRACKING HURRICANE HARVEY: Hurricane Harvey is making landfall on the Texas coast near Rockport as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph.
A tornado watch in effect for Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Matagorda, Wharton counties until 2 a.m. Saturday. THE LATEST: