WEATHER

August and September are historically the most active months for hurricane season in Texas, and the Department of Public Safety has issued a news release containing safety tips for area residents.

“As we approach the peak months of hurricane season, residents should remain vigilant and keep a watchful eye on weather reports and forecasts for their area,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw in the release.

“The time to prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm is now, and we are reminding Texans to develop a hurricane plan and assemble an emergency kit before a storm takes aim on our state.”

DPS urges residents to follow the following safety measures in order 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.

Follow the instructions of local officials if a storm develops.

To find out more ways to prepare for possible hurricanes, residents are asked to visit www.dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/hurricaneAwareness.htm and www.texasprepares.org.

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