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.

Fight the Bite in Schertz

Residents Urged to Fight the Bite

City Officials urge residents to take precautions against mosquito bites this spring. There are preventative measures that can be taken to Fight the Bite, which help to prevent being infected with the Zika virus and other diseases spread by mosquitoes. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) recommends a number of ways to protect you and your family:

  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Using EPA-registered insect repellent, always follow the product label instructions
  • Treating clothes and gear with permethrin or buy permethrin-treated items
  • Staying and sleeping in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms
  • Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times

Additional ways to reduce mosquito exposure around your home include:

  • Removal of any standing water from gutters, roof, buckets, plant saucers and other containers that hold water and fill in any low areas on your property which tend to collect water.

Zika Virus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising pregnant women to postpone travel to countries where Zika is being transmitted. Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas should first talk to their healthcare provider and follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.

It is important to keep in mind that about 1 in 5 people infected with the Zika virus become ill. Symptoms, although usually mild, include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes - lasting several days to a week. Severe symptoms requiring hospitalization are rare, and those who become ill very rarely die of Zika.

If you have lived in or recently traveled to an area with Zika and develop symptoms, you should see your healthcare provider and be sure to disclose where you recently traveled to. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent or treat Zika infection.

Current information about the Zika virus in Texas can be found online.

Additional resources include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.