Storm season in South Texas is well underway. From now until the end of November, the threat of hurricanes and other harsh weather is a constant possibility in our area. Preparation for storms is vitally important to keeping your family and your home safe from the dangers of floods, high winds, and other effects of hurricanes and gales. Here are some suggestions for how to increase your chances of coming through a storm safe and with minimal damage to your home.
Preparation for structures
- Install permanent storm shutters that are designed to be closed tightly to protect windows during storms. Alternatively, board up the windows with 5/8-inch marine plywood.
- Add straps or clips to further secure your roof to the frame of your house. Roof damage is a significant concern during storms, and extra fasteners will help keep the roof secure.
- Keep trees, shrubs and other vegetation near your home trimmed and clear. Remove dead or damaged limbs to eliminate the chance of them falling on your home.
- Make sure your gutters, downspouts and other drainage system components are clear of obstructions and firmly attached to your home.
- Secure outdoor furniture or other items that could be blown around by high winds.
- Know how to shut off electricity, gas supplies and other utilities if necessary.
Preparation for people
- Devise an emergency plan that everyone in your family will follow. This plan should include information on evacuation routes, emergency procedures, post-storm meeting places, contact plans and safety precautions. Practice the plan and make sure even your youngest children understand the situation.
- Maintain an emergency supply of drinking water, food, dry clothing, severe weather gear, and other necessities. Have flashlights and radios available along with plenty of fresh batteries. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged if you know a storm is approaching.
- Assemble an emergency kit containing first aid items, medications, charged cell phone, health and hygiene supplies, and other items you’ll need if you are stranded or power is out for several days.
CCAC, Inc. provides professional HVAC sales, maintenance and repair to customers in Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend. Contact us today for more information on preparing for storm season in South Texas and for supplies to help your home withstand severe weather.
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