AUSTIN – The Texas DPS (Department of Public Safety) is urging Texas residents to have a hurricane protection plan as Saturday marks the beginning of hurricane and tropical storm season.
Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30, and all Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes and tropical storms.
“As hurricane season approaches, emergency management professionals across the state are prepared to assist in the event of severe weather,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a press release. “Our first responders and emergency management teams in Texas are second to none, as is the resolve of our local and state leaders to protect our communities from harm.
“I urge Texans to heed all warnings from local and state officials, and to ensure they have a plan in place to protect their loved ones and their property in the event of a hurricane.”
Hurricanes don’t have to make direct landfall to impact Texas. The storms can cause damage to the coastlines and winds can vary from 74 to 157 miles per hour. Additionally, hurricanes and tropical storms can cause tornadoes, make dangerous coastal conditions, cause floods and storm surges.
“Texans know firsthand that the damage from a hurricane can be both catastrophic and long-lasting,” said DPS Director Steve McCraw. “There are a few steps everyone can take now that can make all the difference — like assembling an emergency disaster kit and reviewing hurricane evacuation maps and routes. By helping your family plan ahead, you will be ready to respond quickly should a storm head your way.”
For more information about hurricanes and how to prepare for the 2019 hurricane season, visit the DPS website and www.texasprepares.org.
For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit the National Weather Service website.