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Jun 07
Hunker down! Hurricane season is here

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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:

  • Know your local hurricane evacuation routes, and have a plan for where to stay.
  • Put together a "go-bag," that includes disaster supplies, cash, medications, and copies of critical, life-saving information.
  • Create a family emergency communication plan.
  • Preparing a home by securing loose gutters, trimming trees, and having a generator can help limit property damage.

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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