When it comes to Texas storms, don’t wait until the last minute to prepare. Have a plan before the storm hits so that you and your family can stay safe and comfortable if severe weather comes your way. Read our infographic with tips on preparing for and weathering a storm.
Our top tips for what to do during a storm:
- Stay connected with a phone or radio.
- Take shelter in the right area.
- Consider purchasing portable generator.
- Stock up with gear to keep you comfortable.
- Keep a stock of shelf-stable food.
Plan Ahead for Severe Weather
Storm safety is all about preparation.
When it comes to severe weather, Texas has it all: thunderstorms, flash floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. To protect your family, home and possessions, advance planning is key.
1. Stay Connected
Monitor weather and road conditions with a battery-operated radio or smartphone, and be on alert for evacuation orders during hurricane season. Keep these devices running throughout power outages with extra batteries, solar chargers or portable energy banks.
2. Take Cover
During severe storms and tornadoes, the safest place in the home is in the basement. Otherwise, shelter in an interior room. Never attempt to outrun a tornado in a car; stop and seek immediate shelter if a tornado strikes while you’re driving. Take cover in a low-lying ditch if there’s no safe shelter nearby.
3. Power Up
Consider purchasing a portable generator, which can power a few appliances or your whole home depending on size, or a standby generator, which powers your whole home automatically if the power goes out. If you already have a portable generator, keep a supply of stable fuel in a safe location.
4. Keep Comfortable
Summer and winter storms can be dangerous due to the combination of power outages and extreme temperatures. Stock blankets, winter gear and firewood during winter, and try to keep your home shaded and ventilated during summertime power outages. Infants, the elderly and other vulnerable people should be taken to climate controlled shelters in extreme temperatures.
5. Eat Smart
If you don’t open your fridge during a power outage, food will stay at a safe temperature for about four hours. A full freezer is safe for 48 hours, and a half-full freezer for 24 hours. Keep a supply of shelf-stable food and water to help avoid unnecessarily opening your fridge or freezer.
Start planning and preparing today!