Be ready for hurricane season. Today you can determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. You can also make a list of items to replenish hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before hurricane season begins on June 1.
Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing how to handle them. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. impacts from wind and water can be felt hundreds of miles inland, and significant impacts can occur regardless of the storm’s strength. Know if you live in an area prone to flooding and if you’re safe to remain in your home.
Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. You may also need to leave if you live in a flood prone area or in a mobile home outside a hurricane evacuation zone. Now is the time to begin planning where you would go and how you would get there.
You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Your destination could be a friend or relative who lives in a well built home outside flood prone areas. Remember, your safest place may be to remain home. Be sure to account for your pets in your plan.
As hurricane season approaches, listen to local officials on questions related to how you may need to adjust any evacuation plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.
Whether you’re evacuating or sheltering-in-place, you’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of 3 days (store a longer than 3-day supply of water, if possible). Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. You may need a portable crank or solar-powered USB charger for your cell phones.
If you need to go to a public shelter, follow health guidelines from your local officials and the CDC.
Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough insurance to repair or even replace your home and/or belongings. Remember, home and renters insurance doesn’t cover flooding, so you’ll need a separate policy for it.
Flood insurance is available through your company, agent, or the National Flood Insurance Program at floodsmart.gov. Act now, as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.
Whether you’re evacuating, or planning to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications to withstand wind impacts. Many retrofits are not as costly or time consuming as you may think.
Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds.
If you’re a renter, work with your landlord now to prepare your home for a storm.
Many people rely on their neighbors before and after a disaster, and there are many ways you can help them. Learn about all the different actions you and your neighbors can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes.
Start the conversation now with these Neighbor Helping Neighbor strategies but remember you may need to adjust your preparedness plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.
The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions.
Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan. Know who issues evacuation orders for your area, determine locations on where you will ride out the storm, and start to get your supplies now. Being prepared before a hurricane threatens makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between being a hurricane victim or a hurricane survivor.
Important Information Regarding Regional Elections
Monday, April 25 is the start of Early Voting for the May 7 Election. All Harris County voters are eligible to vote on the constitutional amendments, but some voters may have additional races on their ballots depending on where they live.
EARLY VOTING HOURS
Monday, April 25 – Saturday, April 30, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, May 2– Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 7 Election Day, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 pm.
VOTING BY MAIL
As a reminder, new state voting laws require voters to put a driver’s license or last 4 digits of voter’s social security number on the mail ballots and applications to vote by mail. Harris County residents voting by mail need to have their ballots in the mail and postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on May 7, and it must be delivered to our office by 4:30 p.m. on May 9. If delivering in-person, voters have until 7:00 p.m. on May 7, and they can only drop off their own ballot (not on behalf of a spouse or close family member) at 1001 Preston Street, Houston, Texas 77002. Along Preston Street, there will be signage and a tent with Harris County Elections staff where voters can drive-thru to turn in their mail ballots and present their ID.
HOW TO USE NEW PAPER BALLOT VOTING MACHINES
Harris County Elections is ahead of the curve in implementing a paper ballot voting system, which will soon be required in the State of Texas. This is a national best practice because there is a paper back-up to the results recorded digitally, and the voter has the opportunity to review and verify their results in an easy-to-read format before finally casting their vote. Please feel free to download and share these educational videos demonstrating the four simple steps to voting:
“NOTICE: The Board of Directors of MUD 154 has been made aware of the increase in off-road vehicles and ATVs on the District’s detention ponds. The Board would like to remind all customers that such vehicles result in significant damages and are not permitted along the District’s detention ponds. Violators will be charged for trespassing on agricultural land.”
By HCMUD 154|2021-10-19T12:46:52-05:00October 19th, 2021|