Willow Point MUD: 2021 Hurricane Season Has Officially BegunJun 1, 2021
As rainfall continues to hit the Gulf Coast over the last week and into next week, it is important to remember the 2021 Hurricane Season has officially begun as of June 1st, and will run through November 30th this year.
With 30 tropical storms, the 2020 Hurricane Season was record-breaking enough; however, the 2021 Season is predicted to affect Texas with higher-than-normal tropical storms and hurricane activity. Currently, 19 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes are predicted, according to The Weather Company.
Hurricanes and tropical storms can wreak havoc on homes, properties, families, and pets. High winds and deluges of rain can impact power service, water service, and access to food and supplies. No matter how many storm events you and your home may have survived in the past, hurricane preparedness is essential for everyone especially after storms like Harvey and Imelda. Considering the predictions for a busy season and the history of storms affecting this area, preparing early is vital.
Ensure that you have the most recent information as it relates to Willow Point MUD by signing up for the District’s Resident Alert System, to receive communication through text and email updates. Additionally, the District website will be updated, as needed, with information regarding weather and storm warnings, flood risks, and any possible impacts to facilities or drainage as a result of severe weather.
According to the Texas Governor’s Texas Hurricane Center, here are some tips on how to “Make a Plan. Be prepared. Be ready.”
- Put together an emergency supply kit
- Create a communication plan
- Sign up for your community or county warning system
- Know flood risks in your area
- Purchase or renew flood insurance
- Know your evacuation routes
- Register for STEAR if you or anyone you know will need assistance in an emergency
- Keep important documents in a waterproof container; create password-protected digital copies
- Protect your property; move valuables to higher levels; declutter drains and gutters. Immobilize or relocate any items that may become air bound during high winds.
- Follow weather alerts
Gather Supplies - Keep in mind each person's dietary and medical needs. Stock up on items such as:
- Non-perishable food
- Bottled water
- First-aid kits
- Extra batteries
- Manual can opener
- Candles and matches
- If desired, battery backup chargers for electrical devices
- Bags of ice
Do not forget to charge electronics you may need. Food and water supplies should cover 7 days for each person (one gallon of water per day) and be cycled out every 6 months. If you do lose power, keep freezers and refrigerators closed to retain internal temperatures.
Other supplies include:
- Battery-powered or crank-powered radio
- Medications and special items (pain relievers, diapers, etc.)
- Sanitation (toilet paper, personal hygiene items, etc.)
- Change of clothes and bedding
- Important family documents (birth certificates, insurance/ bank account information, etc.)
- Food, water, and medicine for your pets
- Kennels or crates for pets
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