June 13, 2018
As a recent tsunami reminds us, natural disasters can happen at any time, with no warning. Although it is unlikely that a tidal wave will hit Texas, flooding from hurricanes are quite frequent. Natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornados are not uncommon, and you should be prepared. Before disaster strikes, be ready.
Prepare for Natural Disasters
Natural disasters: Prepare a survival kit that includes non-perishable food, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio and flashlight, and extra clothing and blankets. In addition to having a survival kit, have a plan for each kind of natural disaster that may occur. For example, if a hurricane is coming, plan to move inland and stay with friends or relatives. If a tornado is coming, have a room in the interior of your house (preferably without windows) where you can go to ride out the storm. If the disaster is an earthquake, seek shelter under an interior doorframe or under heavy furniture, such as a table or desk.
Have a “Family Plan”
Everyone in your family should be familiar with a safety plan if a disaster occurs. After a disaster, make sure that the event is truly over before venturing out. When the “all clear” has been given, check your home for damage. Take steps to secure your house if it is damaged but, if you smell gas, leave immediately. Avoid potentially hazardous debris such as downed power lines, and drink only bottled or boiled water until you are sure that the tap water is safe. Planning and common sense can help you and your loved ones stay safe, no matter what Mother Nature sends your way.