Hurricane season has begun in Texas, running from early June to late November. The majority of the storms hit the Gulf Coast and make their way north between August and September.
As Texans, we know that preparing for hurricane season is no small task. From your personal safety to the safety of your property, there is a lot to take into consideration.
We’re going to take a look not only at what you can do before a hurricane hits but also what to do during and after.
Read on to find out more about hurricane preparation in New Caney and the surrounding area.
Preparing for Hurricane Season
Don’t put off hurricane preparation until you know a storm is coming. Some of the steps we will discuss below take time and professional assistance. Even if there are no storms on the horizon, start the preparation process today.
Early Steps to Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane
As we move through hurricane season, it is important that you start keeping all trees and large brush trimmed. Make sure that there are no dead limbs and trim any excess length that could break off and damage your property. In addition, keep your gutters clean and clear of debris.
Consider installing a backup generator. Even minor storms can cause a power outage. In the heat of the summer, you may want to connect your HVAC system to your backup generator, although this requires professional assistance.
Before connecting your HVAC system to a backup generator, make sure that an air conditioning specialist inspects it, and addresses any necessary repairs.
Finally, you may want to review your home insurance policy. That way, you know exactly what will be covered in the event that a hurricane damages your property.
Put Together an Emergency Kit and an Emergency Plan
As soon as hurricane season hits, you’ll want to have an emergency kit and plan on hand and ready to go.
In a large, waterproof bin, store your emergency supplies. This includes drinking water, nonperishable food items, batteries, a non-electric can opener, flashlights, and clean clothes. You should also include a first aid kit, emergency medications, and any important documents you cannot afford to lose.
Your emergency plan should be catered to your household and individual needs. You may need to know how to prepare your pets for a hurricane, what to do if some members of your household are at school or work, and where to go if evacuation becomes necessary. You may also want to assign certain tasks, like shutting windows and doors in specific areas of the house, to specific individuals in your home.
What to Do During a Hurricane
If you know that a hurricane is coming in the near future, secure all outdoor objects like picnic tables and play equipment or bring them indoors. If you have a boat, make sure that it is moored properly.
As the hurricane is approaching, it is important that you close all interior doors and secure exterior doors. Windows need to be shuttered on the outside and barricaded on the inside. Stay inside in a small, interior room or closet, even if the wind and rain seem to lighten.
Fill your bathtub, sinks, and other large containers with water. That way, if your water cuts out, you can still use the restroom and clean comfortably.
Watch or listen to continuous reports on the storm system. If you can’t use your television or radio, follow online reports such as the one provided by the National Hurricane Center.
Unless you are specifically instructed to shut off your utilities, turn up your refrigerator to its coolest setting and leave the door closed. In the event of a power outage, this will lengthen the amount of time that the food and beverages within are still good.
What to Do After a Hurricane
Continue watching any storm reports to ensure that the hurricane has truly passed. There are times when it may sound as though the storm moved on when in reality, you are in the eye of it.
Once you know that it is safe to move around your property, take note of any damage. If your power is out, make sure that you use flashlights to inspect your property rather than candles.
If your property has serious damage, talk to your insurance company about what they can cover. It is better to address damage early on, rather than leaving it to worsen over time. Not only does quick maintenance lower the cost of repairs but it raises the amount of coverage your insurance is willing to provide.
It is just important to have your HVAC inspected and serviced after a hurricane as it is before. Outdoor units are susceptible to damage. They may also need to be cleaned after a hurricane in order to maintain the air quality in your home.
Guy’s AC Is Here to Help
Preparing for hurricane season is a big part of being a responsible Texan and Guy’s AC is here to help! Our services range from air conditioning to heating to cooling and our goal is to give each customer the peace of mind that their HVAC is in good working condition.
We know that life happens fast and emergencies never strike when we expect them to. That’s why we offer 24-hour emergency service in addition to our normal operating hours.
To get the help you need, contact us today.