DPS urges Texans to review emergency plans, stay prepared during hurricane season
AUSTIN, TX (DPS) — With the 2014 Hurricane Season starting Sunday, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents to make sure they review their emergency plans and stay prepared for the potential threat of hurricanes or tropical storms. Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30.
“As we enter hurricane season, it is important that Texans understand that powerful hurricanes and tropical storms have the capacity to endanger the lives of residents living throughout the state, not just coastal regions,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We urge Texans who have not already made preparations to safeguard their families and property from potential storms, to do so now.”
All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes or tropical storms. Because the strongest winds in a hurricane are not located precisely at the center, it is possible for a storm to affect conditions over land even if landfall does not occur.
Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and areas several hundred miles inland, and winds can exceed 155 miles per hour. In addition, hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes, create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from flooding.
Here are several measures residents can take now to prepare for potential storms:
- 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.
For more information on these tips and other ways to prepare for the 2014 hurricane season, please visit: www.texasprepares.org.
To monitor tropical activity this hurricane season, please visit: www.nhc.noaa.gov.