As we monitor the path of Hurricane Laura, now is the time to prepare. While the forecast can still change, right now landfall is expected Wednesday night or early Thursday between southeast Texas and Louisiana. Stay informed by monitoring weather updates and listening to directions from local officials. Continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines by social distancing and wearing a mask. Here are some additional tips to consider:
- Official City of Houston updates on Laura will be shared at www.HoustonEmergency.org. You can also register for AlertHouston updates at www.AlertHouston.org.
- Make a hurricane preparation kit, including a two week supply of necessary medications, a battery operated emergency radio, flashlight, first aid kit, extra batteries and cash. Include supplies to keep safe from COVID-19, including cloth face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant.
- Make sure you have a 1-week supply of non-perishable food and water (1 gallon per person per day) for all family members.
- Make copies of important documents including birth certificates, insurance/bank account information.
- Keep your cell phone and other electronic devices charged and have access to the necessary chargers. Make sure your car has a full tank of gas.
- Prepare your home by tying down or taking inside any large outdoor furniture, hanging plants or trashcans. Make sure storm drains are free of debris. If your home is vulnerable to rising water, move furniture and valuables to a higher level. Consider boarding up windows with plywood or installing storm shutters if advised to do so by local authorities.
- If you live in a flood zone, determine which evacuation route you will take if asked to leave. Houston residents who need assistance in evacuating should register for the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR) by calling 2-1-1 or visiting www.TexasSTEAR.org. B
efore evacuating, cut off your electricity and turn off the gas.
- Never drive into high water. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Less than two feet of water can float and wash away a vehicle. Be especially cautious at underpasses and at night when water across roadways can be difficult to see.
National Hurricane Center: nhc.noaa.gov
Harris County Evacuation Information: gis.hctx.net/
Houston-Galveston National Weather Service: weather.gov/hgx
FEMA: ready.gov, 1-800-621-3362
American Red Cross: redcross.org, 713-526-8300
Monitor rainfall and creek and bayou levels: harriscountyfws.org
CenterPoint Energy: 713-207-2222
HPD non-Emergency: 713-884-3131
City of Houston non-emergency: 3-1-1
All true emergencies: Call 9-1-1