With the hurricane season now upon us, Cy-Fair Hospital wants to remind you to be prepared. Make sure to take time to create a disaster plan with your family and collect the supplies you would need during a storm.
We also want to remind you that Cy-Fair Hospital will be here for you in the event of a serious storm. Be sure to visit this page for updates and urgent information in the event of a developing storm.
Preparing for a Coming Storm
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends the following to prepare for hurricane season:
- Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
- Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
- Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
- Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
- Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
- Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
- Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit (see more below)
- Use a weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
- Take First Aid, CPR, and disaster preparedness classes.
Disaster Supply Kits
You should also prepare a Disaster Supply Kit, which should include the following:
- Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
- Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days, non-perishable items
- Blankets / Pillows, etc.
- Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
- First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
- Special Items - for babies and the elderly
- Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
- Flashlight / Batteries
- Battery operated radio
- Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
- Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards
- Toys, Books and Games
- Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight re-sealable plastic bag
- Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
- Vehicle fuel tanks filled
- Pet care items, including proper identification and medical records
Tips, tricks, tools, and resources to help prepare you for Hurricane Season:
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