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Storm Season: How to Prepare

Updated: 
Sunday, July 7, 8:51 am
Natalie
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We’ve gathered some tips and resources to stay weather-aware and prepared going into this hurricane season.

Meteorologists are predicting a particularly active storm season. (Watch a video from Eric Bereger, Space City Weather, discussing the 2024 hurricane season outlook here.) If recent storms are an indicator, it’s even more important to stay prepared. Space City Weather is a good source for Houstonians to stay aware of changes in the weather forecast (and his “no hype” promise is helpful especially for Houstonians who experience storm anxiety after the devastating impacts of past weather events). Here, we’ve rounded up tips and resources for staying prepared and tips to keep in mind for those planning to travel this summer.  

Be prepared:

Neighborhood notifications 

  • Sign up for Alert Houston to receive timely information through email, text message, phone calls, or phone push notifications.
  • Sign up for neighborhood-specific alert systems to get the most relevant alerts: BellaireWest UMemorial Villages
  • Sign up to receive power outage updates from Centerpoint

Prepare an emergency supply kit:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Water bottles
  • First aid kit
  • Sleeping bag for each person
  • Important family documents in a waterproof container
  • Essential medications 
  • For more suggestions, find Harris County’s checklist here
  • Pet owners: Make sure you have extra pet food, essential medications, and any other supplies needed. Find a disaster preparedness checklist from the Houston SPCA here.
  • Prepare your pantry: Bottled waters, instant coffee, canned foods, granola bars, cereal, nut butters, dried fruits, breads. Find some specific ideas here

Leaving town?

Before you head out on vacation, be sure to sign up for your neighborhood vacation watch. Neighborhood police will check up on your house while you are out of town, which could be particularly useful if the power goes out, with an increased risk of attracting looters. Sign up for your neighborhood watch: Bellaire, West U, Memorial Villages, Tanglewood, City of Houston

Check the Harris County Flood Warning System, which allows you to type in your address and see real-time water levels nearby.

Stay calm

If you are experiencing any anxiety about past flooding or leading up to future summer storms, the Texas Tribune put together a list of resources to care for your mental health before, during, and after extreme weather. 

Stay safe and dry.

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