Are home sellers ready for the hurricane season in Houston?
The following is taken from The National Hurricane Center. There are three basic steps when assessing whether or not you are prepared for a hurricane.
1. Gather Information
Know if you live in an evacuation area. Assess your risks and know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge,flooding and wind. Understand National Weather Service forecast products and especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.
Contact your local National Weather Service office and local government/emergency management office. Find out what type of emergencies could occur and how you should respond.
Keep a list of contact information for reference.
- Local Emergency Management Office
- County Law Enforcement
- County Public Safety Fire/Rescue
- State, County and City/Town Government
- Local Hospitals
- Local Utilities
- Local American Red Cross
- Local TV Stations
- Local Radio Stations
- Your Property Insurance Agent
Online hazard and vulnerability assessment tools are available to gather information about your risks. Check your hazards risks with FEMA’s Map Portal and Rate your flood risk with the FloodSmart.gov portal.
2. Plan & Take Action
Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Your friends and family may not be together when disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children or parents are safe? You may have to evacuate or be confined to your home. What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off?
Put together a basic disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations. Help community members do the same.
Develop and document plans for your specific risks. For examples, check out the National Hurricane Center’s website.
Health & Environment
Follow guidelines to guard your community’s health and protect the environment during and after the storm.
- Review the FEMA Evacuation Guidelines to allow for enough time to pack and inform friends and family if you need to leave your home. FOLLOW instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!
- Wait until an area is declared safe before returning home.
- Remember that recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process.
For the full article, visit the National Hurricane Center’s website.