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Prepare for hurricane season
With the 2014 hurricane season starting Sunday, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents to make sure they review their emergency plans and stay prepared for the potential threat of hurricanes or tropical storms. Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30.
All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes or tropical storms. Because the strongest winds in a hurricane are not located precisely at the center, it is possible for a storm to affect conditions over land even if landfall does not occur.
Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and areas several hundred miles inland, and winds can exceed 155 miles per hour. In addition, hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes, create storm surges along the coast, and cause extensive damage from flooding.
Here are several measures residents can take now to prepare for potential storms:
•Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential documents, supplies, and provisions.
•Review hurricane evacuation maps, and select a route for you and your family.
•Plan how all family members and pets will evacuate safely.
•Consider any special needs for individuals with disabilities or the elderly.
•Stay informed about changing weather conditions in and around your area.
For more information, visit www.texasprepares.org.
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