Preparing for Summer Storms in Texas: Top Tips from the Pros
Texas is the second-largest state in the US, and summer is the peak storm season in the Lone Star State. Such a large area means a diverse climate that can cause wind, hail storms, hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes. With that said, here are our top tips for preparing for summer storms in Texas.
Preparing for Severe Thunderstorms and Lightning in Texas
Before a severe storm hits, think about where you would seek shelter.
- Shelter in a sturdy building
- Stay inside and away from windows and glass doors.
- Do not drive on roads covered in water
- Steer clear of metal objects, wiring, and any surfaces that conduct electricity
Preparing for Hurricanes
June to December is hurricane season in Texas. Take these tips to prepare if a hurricane heads your way.
- Board up and shutter windows and doors
- Make sure you have your emergency kit or bug-out bag ready to go.
- Turn off and secure your utilities and electronics.
- Know where to evacuate and how to get there safely
- Stay away from flood-prone areas.
- Shelter in a sturdy building away from windows until the storm passes
Preparing for a Texas Hailstorm
Severe Texas storms can bring on hail. Prepare for a hailstorm with these tips:
- Stay inside and away from the windows and glass doors.
- Park your vehicles in a garage
- If you don’t have access to a garage, shelter in a parking garage.
- Do not park under a bridge or an overpass to protect your car from hail. These areas do not protect from the strong winds seen in hailstorms.
Preparing for Tornadoes and Strong Winds
On average, 132 tornadoes hit Texas every year.
- Secure outdoor objects before the tornado hits
- Seek shelter in a sturdy building asap. Do not shelter in a mobile office or a trailer.
- Shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of the building.
- Typically, closets and bathrooms are the safest places to shelter.
- Don’t shelter under a bridge or overpass.
Tips for Preparing for Droughts and Wildfires
Unfortunately, all areas in Texas are at risk of drought. When droughts occur, wildfires are a severe risk for Texas residents. Keep these top preparation tips in mind if a drought or wildfire occurs.
- Keep landscaping and decking five feet or more away from your house or business. This creates a wildfire barrier.
- Make sure fire hydrants are located 250 feet or less away from your building. Install a cistern or water storage tank on your property if you don’t have access to a fire hydrant.
- If renovating, use fire-resistant materials
- Keep a fire extinguisher in your house handy at all times.
Preparing for Summer Storms in Texas: The Bottom Line
Summer is a time for fairs, amusement parks, vacations, and fun. But volatile summer weather can also bring dangerous storms. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Adequately prepare your property and keep your loved ones safe with these top tips.
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