How to prepare for possible tropical storm system

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HOUSTON – Here are some tips for how you and your family can prepare for a possible tropical storm system that could impact the Houston area this weekend.

While there’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the atmospheric disturbance that has yet to organize into a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico, the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast says it is time to think ahead. Preparation is your best line of defense.

What should I do?

Communication is critical. Making sure your entire family is weather aware should be one of your top priorities.

– Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep the doors closed as much as possible in case the power goes out. 

– Fill your car’s gas tank.

– Talk with family members and create an evacuation plan.

– Learn about your community or neighborhood’s hurricane response plan. 

– Think about buying flood insurance. Standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flood damage. 

What supplies do I need?

“You want to make sure that everyone in your family has the things that they need. Think about everything you would need on a daily basis,” said Jackie Drake, with the American Red Cross. 

Here are some basic items you should have on hand:

– Water, at least a three day supply. One gallon per person per day. 

– Baby supplies, including formula and diapers. 

– Pet supplies.

– Medications you take on a daily basis. Get them filled now. 

– Canned and easy-to-prepare foods.

– First aid kit.

– Toiletries.

– Weather radio.

– Battery-powered portable lights and flashlights.

– Batteries.

– Battery pack.

– Power strips. If you end up at a shelter, there may be a limited number of outlets. 

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