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Hurricane Season is here, June 1-Nov 30. What are your top tips for being prepared? Please share.

It is hurricane season 2013, there are many new residents of Houston. Please share your top tips for being prepared before, during and after a storm.
The Flood Control District recommends using its new mobile website, www.thehurricanetracker.org You can track storms, explore hurricane evacuation routes, and view useful tips for making a family emergency plan.

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Hurricane Season is here, June 1-Nov 30. What are your top tips for being prepared? Please share.

By Veronica Mullenix   
Posted on Jun 06, 2013 in Topic: Realtor Only
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It is hurricane season 2013, there are many new residents of Houston. Please share your top tips for being prepared before, during and after a storm.
The Flood Control District recommends using its new mobile website, www.thehurricanetracker.org You can track storms, explore hurricane evacuation routes, and view useful tips for making a family emergency plan.
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Judith @ Smarteplans
about 4 years ago
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I have a brick home with the windows recessed about 1" back from the brick facade. I have plywood cut-to-size for my windows that stores in my garage; you use "hurricane clips" to install them. These are at the big box stores.. put one on each corner of the plywood and push the wood back up against the window -- one big push does it --- the clips have little grabby edges that grip the brick. When its all clear .. you take a screwdriver and pop out one of the clips.. the rest release and you store your wood back in the garage and store the clips ... very easy. NOW would be the time to have a handyman cut your plywood to size and label the shutters for each window.

I store empty plastic milk containers. When needed, I fill them with water and "pack" them inside the contents of my freezer which then freeze.. creating a solid "block" of ice in my freezer with little air space that keeps the food cold when the power goes out. If the power is out a LOOOONG time, the melted water in the quart jugs can be drinking water.

And, I really love that battery-operated one-touch can opener you can get in grocery stores. The dollar store is a great place to stock up on bandages, ointment, rubbing alcohol, etc. for a first-aid kit. Walmart sells a 12-inch-ish box fans that run on D batteries .. multiple fans is a very inexpensive solution when your A/C goes out.. yes.. we have one for each "person" so they can personally adjust "their" air. Fingers are crossed for a non-eventful hurricane season, but its always helpful to be prepared.

about 4 years ago
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Guddi Shah
about 5 years ago
Always be prepared for the worst. Have wooden boards in your garage and keep some safety gear. Store water and food for few days. Have extra batteries in your house when the light goes you'll need that. Please visit this site for more info..
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php
Thanks so much.


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http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

about 5 years ago
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Meredith Catrett
about 5 years ago
Before the storm secure your home as best your can. Make sure that everything outside is put away and don't forget the porch swing. If the chains come loose it makes a very large and heavy projectile. You should evacuate your home if told to and then hope for the best.

After the storm the power could be off for a couple of weeks, so be sure you have food and water for four or five days and full tanks of gas in all of your vehicles. It could take several days for stores and gas stations to reopen. Make certain that you have plenty of batteries, lanterns and a radio. Also try to keep you sense of humor and civility.


about 5 years ago
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Ronald Camacho
about 5 years ago
I make sure that I have an invertor (plugs to your car battery and has 2-4 outlets and they come with a USB to power your phone. Also, charcoal and lighter fluid. When the electricity goes out you start cooking as the meat defrost. Invite the neighbors over and have a picnic.


about 5 years ago
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Sheryl Hunter
about 5 years ago
Here are some things you can do before a hurricane:
Board up your windows
freezer and refrigerator to coldest settings to make food last longer
Fill bathtub with water, which helps with cleaning and flushing.
Bring in all loose objects from the back yard
Charge your cell phone and make sure you have a charger for your car.
Program in emergency contact numbers in your phone.
Most of all have a plan!


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chron.com

about 5 years ago
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Pamela Bratcher
about 5 years ago
If you have a pet, the Houston SPCA has information on how to prepare for them. I couldn't get the information to download, but I've included the website and link. Hopefully this will be helpful.


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http://www.houstonspca.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=30827&news_iv_ctrl=-1

about 5 years ago
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James Meyn
about 5 years ago
Usually flooding is the larger villian during a hurricane in Houston, so if you live near the coast, or flood control bayous, extra precaution is recommended. Houston has a good website that outlines those zipcodes that are likely to be evacuated during a Hurricane, based on its intensity. http://www.houstonoem.org/go/doc/4027/1080643/Hurricane-Evacuation


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http://www.houstonoem.org/go/doc/4027/1080643/Hurricane-Evacuation

about 5 years ago
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