Senator Glenn Hegar Issues Hurricane Preparedness Tips
for Severe Weather
AUSTIN---As the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season approaches, State Senator Glenn Hegar encourages people across the state to prepare early for severe weather.
"Often when hurricanes strike, families have only a few minutes to respond. Therefore, having a well mapped out emergency plan is vital," said Senator Hegar. "Awareness and preparation are essential to surviving and recovering from hurricanes."
As a hurricane approaches, Texans in coastal and inland communities need to make preparations to be without power for a period of time consistent with the severity of the storm. Hurricane preparedness tips include:
- Make alternative plans for critical care individuals who rely on electricity forlife-sustaining equipment.
- Unplug sensitive electrical appliances, such as your computer.
- Have battery-powered radios, flashlights, non-perishable food, and portable generators available for use if necessary.
- If evacuation is inevitable, turn off your electricity at the circuit breaker.
- Do not turn off your gas at the meter. The gas meter should be left on to maintain proper pressure in the gas piping within the house and to prevent water from entering the lines should flooding occur.
- In the event of a power outage resulting from a hurricane, rest assured that professionals are working around the clock to restore your power. Providing information about downed power lines, electrical poles and trees can assist companies in restoring power in a more timely manner.
- Keep a copy of your homeowners insurance policy readily available. This can speed up the process of filing for a claim in the event that your home is damaged during the storm.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30, but September 10 is the apex, the statistical "busiest" day of the season according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. Senate District 18 contains over one-third of the Texas coastline. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming rice and corn on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.