June inprepare for hurricane season in Texas.

On the Texas Gulf Coast, we all know what June means -- It is time to get prepared for hurricane season! Here are some tips from FEMA to help you plan. I have added a few of my own from recent experience!

  • Secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protections for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8" marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well-trimmed.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Have plenty of water and nonperishable food available.
  • Fill your car up with gas; have a full tank.
  • Find your flash lights and have extra batteries available. Better yet, purchase some wind up flash lights. Have candles and matches available too!
  • Fill up your bath tubs with water.
  • Stock up on good books to read and include a board game to entertain the kids!
  • If you have a power generator, do not use it in your house or garage.  Fumes often kill more people than the storm does.
  • And don't forget to plan for petcare!  Your pets need food and water, too.

For additional information go to www.FEMA.org. Hopefully this season will be a mild one for Texas!  But it is always best to be prepared for hurricane season.

Roger Martin