Although hurricane season is June 1st through November 30th, the months of August and September can be the most severe in the state of Texas. Many of you have most likely heard about Hurricane Hermine that went through Florida and much of the East coast recently, so with weather in the back of our minds, we should take precautions before an emergency takes place in our community. The Woodlands Community Magazine August 2016 Edition has a great article about staying prepared for hurricane season (http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/index.php?i=&m=6535&l=1&p=22&pre=&ver=swf). They supply an example of what should be inside your Emergency Supply Kit:
- One Gallon of Water per person per day for drinking and sanitation
- At least a three-day supply of nonperishable food
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Filter mask or cotton T-shirt to help filter the air
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener and utensils
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Important family documents
- Items for unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formulas, diapers and pet food
Keeping this kit accessible and ready will make sure to keep loved ones safe. Because I grew up in the Midwest, I’ve never had to experience the potential of hurricanes so when I moved to The Woodlands, I was in for some major change! I have referred to (http://www.wxresearch.org/family/pg13.html) which explains how hurricanes work in Texas and it is actually very interesting, especially if you’re into the science behind it all!
Please be sure to stay updated on the weather and stay safe this fall! Have a great week!