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DON’T BE SCARED. GET PREPARED
Predictions are that there will be more storms than usual during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs June 1 through Nov. 30. So get prepared. Check your family plans and emergency kits and visit the TDEM Hurricane Preparedness web page for more information. But before you panic, keep in mind that no hurricanes made landfall in the USA last year despite the fact that the 2010 season also was more active than average. There were 19 named storms, including 12 hurricanes and five were major hurricanes. On average every year in the Atlantic, there are 10 named storms every year with six becoming hurricanes. Two will be major hurricanes. For information on preparedness visit the National Weather Service, Southern Region Headquarters page, www.Ready.gov and www.redcross.org
MORE FREE HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS VIDEOS
To help prepare residents of hurricane-prone areas, NOAA has unveiled a new set of video and audio public service announcements. They feature NOAA hurricane experts and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. The videos can be viewed in both English and Spanish. These are available at http://www.hurricanes.gov/prepare. Meanwhile, Texas’ own Department of State Health Services and TDEM preparedness videos can be seen at: www.TexasPrepares.org or www.TexasPrepara.org.
TENTH ANNIVERSARY FOR HOUSTON FLOOD
Texans need to beware anytime a tropical storm appears in the Gulf of Mexico because it’s not just hurricanes that wreak havoc. Ten years ago in early June Tropical Storm Allison began pouring rain in Southeast Texas. Massive amounts of rainfall and flooding took place June 7, 8 and 9 with a record 36.99 inches of rain recorded at the Port of Houston, according to the National Hurricane Center. Rains continued through June 11. Allison is known as the worst urban flood in U.S. history. Media report the storm caused $5 billion in damages.
SPEAKING OF FLOODS
Legend has it that a Texas flood always ends in a drought and a Texas drought always ends in a flood. Whether truth or myth, the National Weather Service recommends that everyone become familiar with the terms used to identify a flooding hazard, as well as to discuss with your family what to do if a flood watch or warning is issued:
MORE PREPAREDNESS TOOLS
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 office has launched a new hurricane preparedness website. The website features facts about the 2011 hurricane season, as well as tools to help you execute crucial preparedness tasks such as assembling an emergency kit, formulating an individual and family plan and staying informed.“We urge everyone to get ready now,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell. “You should not wait until a disaster is imminent; it’s crucial that you take the necessary steps to prepare before a storm hits.”