All along the Texas coast, people are preparing for Hurricane Harvey. Gathering supplies, prepping properties, and filling up your gas tank can help you weather the storm, and it’s incredibly important to stay up to date on the latest developments of Hurricane Harvey
Raizner Slania LLP recommends following updates from the Forensic Weather Consultants on both their Facebook page and website as well as the National Hurricane Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Oftentimes during natural disasters, misinformation is spread, potentially placing you and your family in even more danger. The Forensic Weather Consultants and the National Hurricane Center are reputable sources Texans can trust regarding the development of Hurricane Harvey.
While Hurricane Harvey is anticipated to make landfall Friday night or Saturday morning, the dangers for much of Texas could last into early next week. As hurricanes reach land, they can produce huge storm surges and high winds. Once a hurricane makes it onto land, the storm has the potential to drop another up to several feet of rain.
Hurricanes become very unpredictable once they make landfall. Residents in the path of the storm need to understand conditions can change very quickly. Continually monitoring weather reports and abiding by all mandatory evacuations, storm warnings, and watches issued by the National Weather Service is the best way to keep you and your family safe.
Safety Tips For The Storm
- Stay away from windows. High winds can cause many types of damage. If winds are powerful enough, small objects or even tree branches can be picked up and hurled through windows. For this reason, it is advised that all people avoid windows during storms.
- Stock up on water. You can buy bottled water at the grocery store, but it is also advisable to fill up bathtubs, sinks, and pots and pans with water. This will help insure plenty of water for your family in the event of a power or water outage.
- Generators need to be in open spaces. Do not operate your generator indoors, even with the door open (this includes inside a garage, too). Generators produce deadly gases and need to be kept in open spaces to allow for proper ventilation.
- Extinguish all candles and flames. If you are using candles or other flames in your home or business for light, be sure to extinguish them before going to sleep. Never leave any flame, not matter how small, unattended for even a few minutes.
- Bring pets indoors. Make sure all of your pets are kept safely inside your home.