HOUSTON – As all eyes are focused on the Gulf of Mexico this week, the time to prepare for whatever the tropics throw at the Houston region is before the storm heads for the coast.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the peak of the season typically happening in September.
The first named Atlantic storm of the 2019 season was Subtropical Storm Andrea that formed in May. If the system that is forming in the Gulf becomes a named storm, it would likely have the next name on the list -- Barry. Chantal and Dorian are the third and fourth name on the list. Here is the full list of 2019 Atlantic names.
4 things you should do now
There are several things you can do now to make sure you're prepared for whatever this hurricane season has in store for the Texas Gulf Coast. Here are some tips from the KPRC 2 Severe Weather Team.
1. Review your plan
Take the time to review your family’s preparation and evacuation plan. If your family doesn’t have a plan, develop one now. Figure out which evacuation zone you live in, and learn the routes you should take if an evacuation is ordered. Click here to read more about evacuation routes in the Houston region.
2. Be on the lookout for 2-for-1 sales
These money-saving sales will help you stock up on nonperishable foods and water without breaking your budget. FEMA recommends that people stockpile enough food and water to feed their family for two weeks.
3. Get flood insurance now
Unlike most other types of insurance, flood insurance takes 30 days before it becomes effective. Hurricane Harvey taught many people that just because they live outside a floodplain doesn’t mean they are protected from flooding. Click here to find out more about getting flood insurance.
4. Download the KPRC 2 Hurricane Tracker app
Now is also a good time to download the KPRC 2 Hurricane Tracker app. It gives you updated information about storms that are being actively tracked by the National Hurricane Center. It also provides you with preparation resources and other emergency information.
We've also put together an interactive tracker map and lots of helpful resources in our special Hurricane Headquarters section.
In addition to these tips, the American Red Cross has put together a checklist of what you need to do to prepare. Click here to download it.