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MONIQUE BATSON — Don’t wait for a storm to arrive to prepare for it – Port Arthur News

While we are in the middle of summer, we are also at the start of another season that no one really wants to think about.

But on days like July 1, when nearly a foot of rain falls and floods the roads, it’s hard not to think about hurricane season.

Recently, Port Arthur Deputy Chief Jermey Houston, who is also the city’s emergency management coordinator, offered advice to residents regarding the current hurricane season.

“Hurricane scientists are predicting a slightly above-average hurricane season once again this year,” he said. “For the 2022 season, scientists predict a range of 14 to 21 named storms, of which six to 10 will become major hurricanes, and three to six of them Category 3 or better.”

  • Sign up for the Southeast Texas Alert Network (this can be done at thestan.com). This will allow you to receive notifications about emergencies or relevant information in your city and surrounding towns. You can receive notifications by SMS, call, email or all of the above. Also register with the Texas State Emergency Assistance Registry, which can provide you with evacuation assistance. To do this, dial 2-1-1. But this should be done annually to ensure the information is up to date.
  • Check with your neighbors to make sure their house and yours are prepared for a storm. “When the winds blow (over 100 miles per hour), garage doors get blown.” Replace garage doors, shutters and have the necessary tools to mount windows if needed.
  • Landscaping: Prune or fell trees that may fall in high winds. Make sure wooden fences are secure. And get someone to inspect your roof to make sure everything is up to par.
  • Prepare a disaster first aid kit. Have at least a seven-day supply of non-perishable food and drinking water. Stock up on flashlights and batteries. Buy candles and a battery-powered radio to receive news and updates in the event of a power outage.
  • Have a child rescuer nearby.
  • Have a portable cell phone charger.
  • Take photos and/or videos of your property inside and out. “Take as many pictures as possible. Your proof to the insurance company is what you already have. These photos are precious. Also check with your insurance company to make sure you have the right coverage, including flood insurance.
  • Gather important documents – insurance information, birth certificates, etc. – in one place.
  • In the event of a mandatory evacuation, a hub will be established at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center. Those who need transportation will be taken from there to shelter outside the area determined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
  • Follow evacuation orders from local authorities. “Once the evacuation order is given, gather all your important belongings and documents and leave immediately. Get out as soon as possible. Leave as early as possible to avoid traffic jams.
  • Prepare to stay at your destination for at least a week. If you intend to stay in a hotel, book it before you go.
  • If you don’t have a GPS system, make sure you have a map.
  • Re-entry will be based on things like infrastructure damage and other weather-related damage, such as road debris and downed power lines.

“Now is the time to do all of this,” Houston said.

Monique Batson is the editor of Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be contacted at [email protected]