The 2017 hurricane season begins later this week -- and the Texas Department of Public Safety is urging people to have plans in place to protect themselves and their families.
Hurricane season starts Thursday and continues through Nov. 30.
“Early preparation can be the difference between life and death when hurricanes or severe weather occur, and it is crucial for Texans to begin preparing for future storms now,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS urges all Texans – not just residents living in coastal areas – to develop a hurricane plan and assemble an emergency kit in case of a disaster.”
Here are some measures Texans can take 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.
--Consider any special needs for individuals with disabilities or the elderly.
--Stay informed about changing weather conditions in and around your area.
If you or someone you know might need assistance during a disaster, please register for the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR), a free registry that provides local emergency planners and responders with additional information about needs in their communities. To register, contact 2-1-1 Texas, the state’s free 24-hour helpline. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905 for community resources,
For more information about hurricanes and how to prepare for the 2017 hurricane season, visit dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/hurricaneAwareness.htm and texasprepares.org.