Hurricane Season Preparedness

It’s hurricane season. Are you ready?

Every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts what to expect for the upcoming hurricane season. Whether the prediction is for a mild or active, the time to be prepared and be ready is now.

Do not try to prepare for a hurricane or any emergency when it happens or as an afterthought. Do it now!

Planning to protect the people and things you love as we enter hurricane season is essential, and there are ways you can prepare and mitigate damage to your home and remain safe during the storm:

  • Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone.
  • Locate the nearest shelter if you need to leave your home.
  • Review/update insurance policies.
  • Build or replenish your emergency kit with hurricane supplies.
  • Plan to protect your home.
  • Create, be familiar and test your family plan.
  • Stay informed with the latest local and national information.
hurricane season

Watch your local weather at least three days a week. Unlike many natural disasters, hurricanes do not usually appear quickly. They grow and build over days and, in some cases, more than a week. By listening to the weather forecast, you will be alerted to possible storms before they are on the Texas coastline.

Have a complete evacuation plan. A complete plan includes your home, your oxygen, and your relation to a safe area outside the landfall area.

If you need evacuation assistance, dial 2-1-1 now and sign up for emergency assistance. EMS assisted evacuation and 9-1-1 services are often discontinued once the storm starts. Don’t wait. Plan your escape now.

Have a place for friends and family to call and check on you; e.g. out-of-state friend, family member, or the American Red Cross check-in board. Just make sure someone knows who or where that check-in point will be and how to access it.

If you chose to stay and ride out the storm, you must be prepared. Emergency Services and Mid-Cities Medical cannot assist you during the storm. You will need to make certain you can ride out both the storm and the storm surge. Mid-Cities Medical is only allowed access to hurricane areas once cleared by Emergency Services and if local authorities do not give us access, we cannot reach you until your area is declared safe. So make certain you are prepared; back-up power, water, generator, emergency back-up oxygen cylinder, etc. If you have a self-filling system, fill all your tanks prior to the storm.

Emergency Resources

Whether we have a mild or active 2022 hurricane season, protect you and your family by staying informed with local forecasts, having a preparedness plan, and heeding guidance from local emergency management officials.

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