As Texans, we’re pretty accustomed to dealing with severe weather--like hail stones the size of softballs, tornadoes that defy logic and lightning that will literally make you shake in your shoes. But if you want to really challenge the entire state, just drop a tropical storm on top of us. Oh sure, the coastal areas in Texas know what to do. But for those of us say in Dallas, Abilene or Wichita Falls, tropical weather is not an ordinary challenge.
Ironically, September is National Preparedness Month and Mother Nature is making it abundantly clear why we should all be prepared. Red Cross chapters across Texas are busy opening shelters and once the rain clears, Damage Assessment teams will fan out to determine exactly how many families will have suffered losses because of Tropical Storm Hermine.
Having a plan won’t stop a tornado from hitting your home, and it won’t stop the flood waters from rising. But what a plan does for you is give you the tools you need that can help save your life! We think your life is valuable so take one minute and see how you rate with your Readiness Quotient: http://www.whatsyourrq.org/
After that, stop by www.redcross.org and download free safety tips at any time. Because so many of us are dealing with flooding today, here’s a great tip sheet to keep us all safe from rising water. http://chisholmtrail.redcross.org/pdf/3_2_12_2_PDF_FloodSafety.pdf
Be safe everyone and as always, if you need us, we’ll be there!