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2023 Hurricane Season Begins June 1st

June 1, 2023 5:30 pm

The 2023 Hurricane Season began today, June 1st, and runs through November 30th. With 14 named storms of which eight became hurricanes, the 2022 Hurricane Season was quieter than past years. However, the 2023 Season is predicted to see 12 - 17 named storms, between 5 - 9 hurricanes, and 1 - 4 major hurricanes by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Hurricanes and tropical storms can wreak havoc on homes, properties, families, and pets. High winds and deluges of rain can impact power service, water service, and access to food and supplies. Whether born and raised in southeast Texas or a recent transplant, hurricane preparedness is essential for everyone. Considering the 2023 predictions and the history of storms affecting this area, preparing early is vital.

According to the Texas Governor's Texas Hurricane Center, here are some tips on how to

"Make a Plan. Be prepared. Be ready."

  • Put together an emergency supply kit
  • Create a communication plan
  • Sign up for your community or county warning system
  • Know flood risks in your area
  • Purchase or renew flood insurance
  • Know your evacuation routes
  • Register for STEAR if you or anyone you know will need assistance in an emergency
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container; create password-protected digital copies
  • Protect your property; move valuables to higher levels; declutter drains and gutters. Immobilize or relocate any items that may become air bound during high winds.
  • Follow weather alerts

Gather Supplies - Keep in mind each person's dietary and medical needs.

Stock up on items such as:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Bottled water
  • First-aid kits
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Manual can opener
  • Candles and matches
  • If desired, battery backup chargers for electrical devices
  • Bags of ice

Do not forget to charge electronics you may need. Fill up your vehicles with fuel. Food and water supplies should cover 7 days for each person (one gallon of water per day) and be cycled out every 6 months. If you do lose power, keep freezers and refrigerators closed to retain internal temperatures.

Other supplies include:

  • Battery-powered radio
  • Medications and special items (pain relievers, diapers, etc.)
  • Sanitation (toilet paper, personal hygiene items, etc.)
  • Change of clothes and bedding
  • Important family documents (birth certificates, insurance/ bank account information, etc.)
  • Food, water, and medicine for your pets
  • Kennels or crates for pets
  • Cash

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