“Hurricane season in the Atlantic and the Caribbean begins around June 1 and typically lasts through Nov. 30,” said Dr. Monty Dozier, AgriLife Extension special assistant for Rebuild Texas, College Station. “It’s nearly impossible to know if a hurricane is approaching any sooner than five to seven days out, so it’s vital that people, especially those in coastal areas, take the time to prepare well in advance.”
Dozier said one of these publications, “Texans, Get Ready! Be Prepared to Survive a Disaster,” explains how to protect a household during and immediately after a catastrophe by developing and practicing a family emergency plan along with preparing disaster kits for the home, office and each vehicle. “These kits should contain enough supplies to last a family at least three days,” he said.
Dozier said kit contents include bottled water, non-perishable foods, a hand-operated can opener, mouth/nose protection masks, extra clothing, a first-aid kit, gloves, blankets, toiletries, battery- or hand-powered flashlight, weather radio, spare batteries, garbage bags, medications and anti-bacterial cleaners or wipes.
Learn more about the Texas Extension Disaster Education Network.
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