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How to Prepare Your Family for Hurricane Season

by On Aug 3 2017

As Texans, we know how important it is to prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms. These powerful storms often cause power outages that are an inconvenience, but the worst of storms also cause evacuations and damage to homes. That’s why we’ve gathered a few of the most important items to check off your list when preparing your family for hurricane season.

 

Keep reading to find out how to prepare your family and ready your home!

 

Preparing Your Family

  • Know where you and your family will go. Evacuations warning can sometimes come with little notice. Know your local hurricane evacuation route ahead of time and plan on where you will stay, such as with family, friends, or if you will need to budget for a hotel.
  • Prepare your hurricane supply kit. This can be a fun activity to do with the kids! Your kit should include the essentials, such as a flashlight, batteries, first aid supplies, water, and any medications your family must have. It should also include a paper copy of your evacuation route.
  • If you do not live in an area that has been advised to evacuate and are staying at your home, ensure you have enough supplies in case you lose power or are not able to leave your home due to flooding. This should include nonperishable food items and water.
  • Make a family emergency plan. It should include:
    • How your family will stay tuned to emergency alerts and warnings.
    • How your family will travel to a safe location and where you will go.
    • Your plan for reaching family if cell phones, the Internet, and landlines are not available.
    • The plan should also include any necessary phone numbers, email addresses, doctors, service providers, and schools.

 

Prepare Your Home

  • A hurricane’s strong winds can cause trees and branches to fall on your home or vehicles. Before hurricane season, remove or trim damaged trees and tree limbs. It may be best to hire a professional who can do this safely and let you know which trees are damaged.
  • If you live in a high-risk area for hurricanes, consider investing in hurricane shutters to protect your windows.
  • Make sure all loose rain gutters are clear and are fully secured.
  • Before the hurricane arrives, bring in all potted plants, patio furniture, and other outdoor items that will be at risk of flying away in high winds.

 

Are you ready for hurricane season? At Discount Power, we pride ourselves on great service. If you have any questions about a hurricane-related power outage, give our local customer service team a call at 1-877-909-7693.