As Tropical Storm Nears Texas, Tips on How to Prepare for Natural Disasters

DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF)- As a tropical storm makes it way through the Gulf and could hit the Houston area in the coming days, The Texas Department of Health Services wants Texans to be prepared.

Chris Van Deusen with DSHS says to make a plan in advance, decide what you’ll do in case of severe weather.

No matter the threat, from hurricanes and tornadoes to fires and manmade disasters, planning and preparation will help ensure that you, your community and Texas can weather whatever strikes the state.

Be informed: Be aware of the possible hazards that could affect your area. Stay in tune with weather watches and warnings. Monitor reputable sources of information. Heed the advice of local and state leaders in an emergency.
Make a plan: Gather the members of your household to create a plan together. Decide what you’ll do if you need to shelter in your home and where you’ll go and how to get there in case of an evacuation. Know how you’ll stay in contact. Don’t forget to plan for pets. Write it all down and practice.
Build a kit: Create a disaster supply kit that will last at least three days with things like food that doesn’t require cooking, one gallon of water per person per day, a battery- or crank-powered radio, backup batteries, a first aid kit, and any necessary medical, baby or pet supplies. Store copies of important documents in a waterproof container you can take with you, including identification, medications and copies of prescriptions, vehicle titles, and insurance and bank information.
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