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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BROWNSVILLE TX
558 AM CDT FRI MAY 20 2016

...Hurricane Preparedness Week concludes Today and Saturday, May
21st...

The Honorable Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has declared May
15th through 21st, 2016, as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Texas.

Wednesday, june 1st, is the official start to the atlantic
hurricane season. The season runs through November 30th.

The final tropical weather topic to be discussed:

Today.................personal preparedness tips

The impact of a major hurricane on any of the Texas coastal
communities would be a disaster of significant proportions. It is
important for all Texas coastal residents to prepare for these
storms in advance. Below is a short listing of guidelines to help
you develop a plan to survive a hurricane, minimize your losses,
and recover once the storm moves away.

...the hurricane kit...
Assemble a hurricane supply kit. Large waterproof storage containers
and roll away suitcases make good storage devices. Ensure you have
enough non-perishable food, water, medicine, and miscellaneous
supplies for at up to two weeks for yourself, your family, and your
pets if you plan on sheltering in place during the storm. You
should have at least one gallon of water on hand per person, per day.

Your supply kit should also include items such as a battery-powered
radio or television, first aid kit, sanitation and hygiene items,
extra clothing and blankets, a good map showing county roads and
highways as well as evacuation routes, pet carrier and leashes
for each pet, a list of important phone numbers, and photo
copies of identification, insurance, household inventory,
prescriptions, and other important documents. These items should be
placed in a waterproof and fireproof container such as a portable safe.

Don`t forget to buy plenty of fuel for your vehicle if you plan to
leave, or for your generator if you plan to remain. If you plan
to stay, get plenty of cash. Electricity could be out for several
days to several weeks, and ATMs will likely be down for a similar
period of time.

...the family evacuation plan...
Decide if you will need to evacuate when a storm threatens, and
where you are going to go. The lower Rio Grande Valley provides a
unique and complicated evacuation scenario due to the growing
permanent population combined with limited major highways, as well
as logistical issues along and south of the U.S./Mexico border.

Contra flow, or highway that open four lanes to evacuation traffic
away from the coast, will be limited to Highway 69E/77/83 between
Brownsville and Harlingen, Interstate 2/Highway 83 from Harlingen
to Pharr, and Interstate 69C/Highway 281 from Pharr to Falfurrias.
Highway 77 north of Raymondville will not be available for
evacuation in nearly all cases.

Check with local emergency management officials, found on pages
30 and 31 of our hurricane guide, and the evacuation map on pages
24 and 25 of the guide for full details.

Now is the time to contact trusted friends and relatives out of the
hurricane zone to make arrangements for a potentially prolonged stay
should a hurricane strike.  Ensure that your family and your pets
are welcome.  If you choose to strike out on your own, become
familiar with extended stay hotels and motels well away from the
strike zone and be ready to make a reservation as soon as a threat
appears. Be sure to check if these locations will house your pets as
well.  Make sure your pets have proper identification and you
have proof of current vaccinations.

Most important to your evacuation plan is being able to quickly take
important items such as medicines, necessary food for the trip,
critical papers such as mortgage and insurance documents, pet
carriers, etc. This particular kit is known as the hurricane "go"
kit and should be small enough to fit inside your vehicle along
with your family and pets.

Emergency shelters should always be a last resort! Local and state
officials will ensure your safety, provisions, and that you are
treated as humanely as possible, but nothing more.  Shelters are
not designed for long term residence.  Thus, it is extremely
important to have a family evacuation plan, or be able to secure
your home to avoid having to use an emergency shelter.

...protecting your home or business...
Third, plan to safeguard your property by protecting any openings
where wind can get in, as well as stabilizing your roof.  Sandbags
may be needed for flood prone locations, these are usually provided
by local officials several days prior to the storm`s arrival.

For windows, protection options include plywood and storm shutters.
For plywood, be sure to use exterior grade cdx rated boards that
are at least five eighths of an inch thick.  Sturdy lag bolts are
your best bet to secure the wood to your window frame.  Storm
shutters come in a variety of types, from heavy duty plastic to
aluminum accordion to the more expensive pull down types. Impact
resistant glass is also available, but is the most expensive option.

For doors and sliders, consider purchasing Miami-Dade, Florida,
rated wind screen. Plywood and shutters may also be used here, but
custom sizing is required. Finally, don`t forget about the garage.
Garage doors are notoriously the weakest link in home protection,
so it is imperative that additional bracing or beams be applied
for most typical garage doors.

Lastly, ensure that your roof is secured tightly to the rest of the
house. Be sure that connectors, such as straps clips and bolts,
from the roof to the walls are sufficient and stable. Check to see
if hurricane clips and hurricane straps are sufficient from trusses
to beams. If the roof has gable ends, be sure to brace them
accordingly. Gable end roofs, often found on A-frame type
structures, are often the first to fail given the direct force of
the wind which pushes upward and stresses the top connection.

...Insurance...
Make sure your homeowner`s policy adequately meets your needs. A
complete inventory of your personal property will help in obtaining
insurance settlements. Remember flood insurance is not included
with your regular home owners policy. If you live in a flood zone
or an otherwise flood prone area flood insurance should be
purchased now. For those outside flood zones, insurance costs are
often less than a dollar a day, but peace of mind can be priceless.

Finally, before the storm approaches, gas up your vehicle,obtain
plenty of cash and leave immediately when officials advise.
Waiting until the last moment could place you within a long line
of cars trying to escape harms way.

The best way to build resilency is to become #hurricanestrong! Learn
more at http://hurricanestrong.org

For additional information regarding general preparedness, please
visit the following websites:

National Flood Insurance Program:  http://floodsmart.gov
Texas Windstorm Insurance Association:  http://twia.org
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes:  http://flash.org
Preparedness and planning:  http://onestorm.org
Homeland Security Readiness:  http://ready.gov

National Hurricane Center preparedness:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/hurricane_preparedness
.html

Brownsville National Weather Service hurricane preparedness: general:
http://weather.gov/rgv/?n=hurrprep_ready

2015 Texas hurricane guide, Rio Grande Valley edition:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/bro/tropical/guide/2015/english.pdf

2015 guia oficial de huracanes, la edicion para el valle del rio
grande:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/bro/tropical/guide/2015/espanol.pdf

$$



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