…Texas residents to take steps to protect their families and property from potential storms this hurricane season. Today marks the first day of the 2010 Hurricane Season, which lasts through November 30.
“In Texas, our strategy for dealing with disasters is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Texans can be assured that no state is more prepared than ours to handle the full spectrum of threats, including man-made and natural disasters,” Gov. Perry said. “With national weather experts predicting a considerably active hurricane season, Texas residents must also do their part and take simple steps to protect their families and property to ensure we have a safe hurricane season this year.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted an “active to extremely active” hurricane season, with an estimated 14-23 named storms, 8-14 hurricanes and 3-7 major hurricanes. By comparison, an average hurricane season will produce 11 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes.
Last month, Gov. Perry addressed more than 1,500 individuals at the Texas Hurricane Conference in McAllen, which brought together state and local emergency response personnel, volunteer organizations and private sector partners to discuss ways to further enhance preparedness, response and recovery efforts during future storms.
In advance of the 2010 Hurricane Season, residents should take simple steps to protect their families and homes should a storm threaten the Texas coast, including:
· Creating a plan for your family
· Having an emergency kit
· Prepare your home and vehicle before evacuation
· Knowing your evacuation routes.
These tips and other helpful preparedness resources can be found at http://www.texasonline.com/portal/tol/en/emergency/hurricane.