Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Hurricane Preparedness

Be Prepared in the Event of a Hurricane

Hurricane season begins June 1st and good preparation is critical! Below is vital information to help you be ready for this hurricane season.

Here are six tips from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center on how to best prepare and survive a hurricane:

1. Know the difference between hurricane and tropical storm “watches” and “warnings.” A hurricane watch is a notification for residents to be on alert of a potential storm. Areas that are reported to have a storm warning are required to take immediate actions to safeguard life.

2. Keep emergency contact information handy. Phones numbers for local emergency management officers, local law enforcement, hospitals, utility service providers and insurance information are recommended to be kept nearby during storms.

3. Pack emergency kits ahead of time. Packing essential items such as bottled water, snacks and canned foods are useful and at times, life-saving after storms frequently cause homes to lose gas and electricity. Items such as batteries for hand radios and flashlights are also helpful and difficult to find following hurricanes and tropical storms. 

4. Prepare an emergency evacuation plan. Create a plan regarding where you can stay and temporary housing locations for your animals prior to a storm warning. In the event of an evacuation, follow FEMA’s Evacuation guidelines.

5. Stay alert in case of other natural disasters. The passing of the hurricane eye is not the end of a storm. NOAA warns that tornadoes, high winds and the possibility of a hurricane changing its course makes it important to remain alert following a storm.

6. Review your insurance policies to make sure you have adequate coverage for your home and personal property. That includes flood insurance, which is offered by the National Flood Insurance Program

Our county offices also have important local emergency management information if you need it. Here are links to TX-22 county emergency information - Fort Bend CountyBrazoria Countyand Harris County.

Additionally, in the event of a hurricane or excessive flooding, my office stands ready to help.  If you need assistance please call my Sugar Land office at 281-494-2690 or my DC office at 202-225-5951.  Stay safe by being prepared.