Hurricane season in Texas starts June 1st and ends November 30th. Meteorologists predict this year may be more active than usual, so it is critical you and your family make a preparedness plan now! Even if you don’t live in a hurricane zone, Texas weather can be wild and unpredictable– it is never too early to review your family’s preparedness plan for tornadoes, wildfires, and other weather-related disasters. Reviewing and updating your emergency kit will help make sure you’re not caught off guard if disaster strikes.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) encourages all Texans to visit, which includes personal preparedness tips for all types of man-made and natural disasters. The disability page includes tips on building a disability-specific emergency kit, as well as:

  • checklists for emergency communication plans;
  • emergency preparedness videos in open-captioning and American Sign Language (ASL); and
  • instructions on converting to electronic benefits in order to mitigate disruptions following a disaster.

Communication and evacuation plans are especially important– if you complete these, you’re more likely to have a robust emergency plan and feel comfortable knowing you will know what to do when the time comes!