This is a guest post by Brent Taylor, a social media specialist at METRO.
It's that time of year again – when local meteorologists repeat timely advice for preparing and surviving a storm. Hurricane season officially began on June 1. However, this year we had a storm that was a bit too eager to get started, as Subtropical Storm Alberto formed on May 21. This serves as a reminder that when living this close to the Gulf of Mexico, it's best to be prepared for a storm any day of the year.
Fortunately, the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management has plenty of resources for residents who need help preparing. Its website does a great job explaining what a hurricane is, how the storms typically move through the Houston region, and what every person should expect leading up to a storm. Among the tips are:
Did you know METRO has its own Office of Emergency Management? Mike Riggs is the agency's emergency management coordinator. What's his advice for a hurricane?
"Prepare, plan, and be informed," Riggs said. "Making a plan before the storm hits means beating the rush of last-minute shoppers at the grocery store. It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it."
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