City encourages hurricane preparedness

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

The City of Pearland wants its residents to be prepared for hurricanes and the timing is right with the Atlantic Hurricane Season beginning June 1 and lasting until Nov 30.

Before the season starts, residents can prepare for unpredictable Texas weather by visiting the City’s hurricane preparedness page to find timely news and tips. The page is under the Emergency Management department at www.pearlandtx.gov.

Residents are encouraged to develop an emergency plan for communicating with family and friends, build a disaster supply kit, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio and to stockpile non-perishable food items and bottled water, according to city officials.

The Brazoria County Hurricane Preparedness Guide is available free at city facilities.

Residents can register in advance even before a storm is in the Gulf for transportation assistance by dialing 211.

Five handy websites are helpful to have ready stored in favorites or near the computer for hurricane season.

For ideas on developing emergency plans and supply kits, log on to texasprepares.org.

For regional disaster preparedness information, visit readyhoustontx.gov.

Residents can stay updated with the latest weather news by signing up to receive emergency alerts at pearlandtx.gov/alerts and to catch the latest weather information, use the National Weather Service website: nws.noaa.gov.

For road conditions during or after a storm, the Texas Department of Transportation’s Hurricane Information website is drivetexas.org.

Preparedness is the key to surviving hurricanes and protecting Pearland residents and property.