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DPS Urges Texans to Prepare as Hurricane Season Begins

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents that the hurricane season begins today and continues through Nov. 30. Texans should begin developing their emergency plans in advance of possible hurricanes or tropical storms.

“The recent severe weather and flooding across portions of Texas are important reminders that natural disasters can strike quickly and can have devastating impacts,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. “I implore all Texans to stay informed about current threats and heed warnings, information and instructions provided by local officials and emergency management personnel as we enter the 2015 hurricane season.”

“As Texas enters the 2015 hurricane season, DPS is reminding residents that adequate and advance preparation can mean the difference between life and death,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Not only can hurricanes and tropical storms endanger Texans who live along the Gulf Coast, but powerful storms can also affect communities further inland. We urge Texans to take precautions now for possible storms and to always stay informed about weather condition in their area.”

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. Hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes, create storm surges along the coast, cause extensive damage from flooding and create dangerous rip currents.

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 on these tips and other ways to prepare for the 2015 hurricane season, please visit: www.texasprepares.org.

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