DPS Encourages Texans to Make Emergency Plans, Stay Aware During Hurricane Season

AUSTIN, September 10, 2015 – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents that three months still remain in the 2015 Hurricane Season, and Texans need to stay prepared for the potential threat of hurricanes or tropical storms. Hurricane season began June 1 and continues through Nov. 30 – and historically, September is one of the more active months during a hurricane season and storms can form in the Gulf of Mexico with little warning.

“As we continue through the hurricane season, it is crucial that Texans remain aware of the possibility for dangerous storms and establish family emergency plans now – if they haven’t already done so,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “In many cases, staying safe during severe weather depends on early and adequate preparation.”

All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes or tropical storms. Because the strongest winds in a hurricane are not located precisely at the center, it is possible for a storm to affect conditions over land even if landfall does not occur.

Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and areas several hundred miles inland, and winds can exceed 155 miles per hour. Hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes, create storm surges along the coast, cause extensive damage from flooding and create dangerous rip currents.

Here are several measures residents can take now to prepare for potential storms:

Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential documents, supplies and provisions.
Review hurricane evacuation maps, and select a route for you and your family.
Plan how all family members and pets will evacuate safely.
Plan ahead for individuals with functional or access needs.
Stay informed about changing weather conditions in and around your area.
For more information on these tips and other ways to prepare for the 2015 hurricane season, please visit: www.texasprepares.org.

To register for assistance – including evacuation assistance – during a disaster, visit: http://dps.texas.gov/dem/stear/public.htm

To monitor tropical activity this hurricane season, please visit: www.nhc.noaa.gov.

 


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