Hurricane Preparedness Week in Texas

Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 15-21

Gov. Greg Abbott has declared May 15 through 21 as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Texas.

Abbott signed a proclamation urging state residents to use this week to begin planning and preparing for the upcoming hurricane season and what it may bring for the Texas gulf coast.

The proclamation quoted the governor as saying the following:

Hurricanes are powerful and destructive forces that pose a serious threat to the lives and property of Texas citizens. The Texas coastline and inland communities are at a greater risk of hurricanes during a six month period that runs from June through November. As a result, we must remain vigilant during hurricane season and stay aware of the potential for severe weather that can accompany tropical systems.

"Families should develop, review and practice their emergency preparedness plans. Each plan should include a communications plan, pet plan and designated evacuation routes. Additionally, a 'readiness kit' of important supplies should be assembled and should include a NOAA weather radio, a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for each person, a first aid kit, medications, flashlights and extra batteries," Gov. Abbott said.

Schertz Emergency Management Coordinator Chris Meek also urged community members to think ahead. "While Schertz is not directly on the coastal front line, we could still feel the effects of a strong tropical storm or hurricane. Potential threats include power outages, flooding, and high winds; planning ahead and being prepared for those weather-related situations is a great way for residents to insure optimum safety," Meek said, referring to the 'readiness kit' and other precautions.

For more information about Hurricane Preparedness Week, visit NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation website.