Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30.

Residents should always check with their apartment management for preparation information specific to their community.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council A website with information on how to develop a hurricane plan. There are further resources located on the side bar.

Be ready!

Emergency Contact Information

  • Know your local Emergency Management Contacts.
  • If you would have difficulty evacuating by yourself, plan ahead, call 2-1-1
  • Know the evacuation routes for your area by contacting your local Emergency Management.
  • Know where shelters are located along your route in case clogged roads prevent you from reaching your destination.

Stay Prepared

  • Keep your vehicles filled up with gas at all times.
  • Bring in all outdoor objects; they can cause serious injury. Such as, but not limited to: patio furniture, hanging plants, trash cans, gardening tools and barbecues.
  • If your home is vulnerable to rising water, move furniture and valuables to a higher level.
  • If you have pets, prepare for them. Follow the tips provided

Have Your Own Survival Kit

Have a survival kit prepared at all times. Have available the one provided by the Houston Red Cross.

Tips During a Storm:
  • Listen closely to the state and local government public announcements and keep your families informed on pertinent information.
  • When officials recommend evacuation, LEAVE! Do not try to ride out a hurricane in a high-risk area.
  • Seek shelter inland with family or friends, at a hotel or designated shelter.
  •  Notify relatives and friends of your plans
  • Confirm hotel reservations.

Advice for Property Managers

Property managers should keep their management team, residents, and property well-prepared with the following resources.

  • Identify local Emergency Management Contacts (for example, police and fire departments).
  • Identify families that may need special assistance in an evacuation. Have them register through the Emergency 211 number immediately. Also, forward their names to the local Emergency Management Contact.
  • Establish an emergency phone number and point of contact for your residents for those that are forced to evacuate. You’ll want them to be able to report to you on their location and current condition.
  • If your property is assisted, or insured by HUD, know how to contact the HUD Property Manager assigned to your apartment complex.
    • Call this person to report damage, or dislocated tenants.
    • Make sure your HUD Property Manager has an emergency contact number for you.
  • Make a plan for securing/transporting important management files.
  • To help protect your property from the force of hurricane winds:
    • Board up doors and windows with plywood or install storm shutters.
    •  Keep in mind that winds are stronger at higher elevations, such as high-rise apartments or condos.
    • Take care to secure any patio furniture, planters or other items which could break glass or cause injury.