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Tropical Storm Debby has entered the Gulf of Mexico so while we don't know if it is coming this way, we have time to get some supplies and make plans.
Things to do now:
- Stock up
- Water and Non-perishable foods including pet food
- Batteries/Radio/Flashlights/battery powered fans
- Tarp or thick covering if you have roof or window damage
- Boards or other window coverings
- Sand bags if you are concerned about flooding
- Make an home inventory
- Bring outside items inside
- Make a family plan and communicate with family and friends
- Decide where you think the safest place in your home or office to be if a storm comes and educate your family to go there. Usually the middle of the house on the lowest floor in a place without glass or windows like a hall closet or bathroom. (stay low - winds are stronger at highest stories).
- Decide if you were to evacuate where you would go especially if you need a pet friendly hotel.
- Trim trees and large shrubs back (please do this. Because of the last drought, there have been many trees that need to be removed. If not they could cause alot of damage to property and people.)
Stay informed. Even if you know the signs of a storm/tornado/hurricane, you can't always rely on your own eyes and ears alone to know if one is coming. Listen to local radio stations or watch local TV to stay informed, especially during conditions that are likely to form tornadoes. Also purchase a "Self Powered" Radio/Flashlight combo unit. This thing will allow you to keep informed, doesn't use batteries and you'll have light.
Identify appropriate shelters at home, work, and school. When a storm strikes, you often don't have time to search for an appropriate place to seek shelter. Think about where you'll go ahead of time so that you'll be ready in the event of a storm.
Prepare a family disaster plan. If a tornado or other disaster strikes, communicating with your family may be difficult or impossible. Plan ahead to make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of a disaster. You should also maintain a disaster supplies kit at all times. If your workplace or school doesn't have a disaster plan in place, work to develop one.
Understand that if a storm strikes, you may be without power and water for some time. Stock up on canned goods, crackers, and other non-perishables like cereal (dry cereal like frosted flakes). Also stock up on water, have enough per person for a week. Know that each person consumes about one gallon of water per day. If you have special medications or pet needs, provide for that as well.
- Call a water restoration company who can help you extract surface water.
- Do not drink tap water until officials deem it safe.
- Be sure your home insurance is up to date and current.
- Report the loss to your agent. Place our phone number in your directory 713-899-4651 and check out more at our website www.suzannebrownagency.com