Develop an Emergency Communication Plan
In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.
Make sure that all family members know how to respond after a hurricane. Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water. Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or the fire department and which radio and/or television stations to tune into for emergency information.
Make Arrangements for Family Members with Special Needs
Do you or anyone you know need some assistance during times of an emergency event? The state of Texas presents the STEAR program. The STEAR program is a free registry that provides local emergency planners and emergency responders with additional information on the needs in their community.
Make Arrangements for Pets
Pets are not allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons. Contact your veterinarian or local humane society for information on local animal shelters.