National Weather Service Urging Texans To Prepare For Hurricane Season

Alan Scaia
May 06, 2019 - 10:28 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The National Weather Service says people across Texas should prepare now for the next hurricane season. Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1.

This week is "Hurricane Preparedness Week." The National Weather Service says people across the state should make a plan in case a tropical system causes damage, flooding or severe weather.

While storm surge and rip currents are limited to coastal areas, flooding and severe weather are possible farther inland. The National Weather Service says people should plan now for what they would do in case they have to evacuate.

When Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast in 2017, Jim McIngvale, known as "Mattress Mac," opened his furniture stores to evacuees.

"Hurricane Harvey was the worst of times for Houston, but it was also the best of times because everybody forgot about left-wing or right-wing politics. Everybody joined together to help each other," he says. "That's really what we should be doing all the time."

McIngvale housed 400 evacuees at his stores, giving them a place to stay, food and clean clothes for two weeks after Harvey hit. He then let the evacuees keep the mattresses they had been sleeping on.

"One of the things we're lacking all across the country is community," he says. "People spend too much time on their cell phones and not enough time talking to other human beings and getting to know their neighbors. That's what we're trying to promote: more community awareness and involvement."

The National Weather Service is urging people to check if they are in an evacuation zone, what they would do with their pets during an evacuation and plan a route.

People who may be affected by severe weather or flooding are also encouraged to make sure they have enough supplies, food and medication to survive more than a week without power. The National Weather Service says people should consider keeping cash, medicine, a weather radio, batteries and a solar-powered cell phone charger on hand.

During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, people are also being encouraged to review their insurance policies; standard homeowners or renters policies do not cover flooding, and flood insurance typically carries a 30 day waiting period.​

ONLINE: National Weather Service Hurricane Preparedness