Severe Weather

Planning


Straight line wind storms, downburst rains, and tornadoes can occur at any time of year in Texas, so it pays for individuals and families to plan well in advance.

Basic preparedness plans should be in place at home, at work, and at school and each family member or employee should understand the plan. When a severe storm or tornado strikes, there may be only a few seconds to react and find shelter.

Communication


The first step in preparedness is to ensure you have a reliable method of receiving weather information, including TV, radio, and NOAA weather radio, plus a backup system if one goes out.
  • Battery-powered equipment and extra batteries should be part of the plan.
  • Choose a person to telephone outside your city to let others know you are safe.

Shelter


  • For home, work, or school, shelter areas should be designated, whether they are in basements below ground level, ground level windowless rooms, or interior hallways on the lowest floor. Protect yourself from flying debris with thick blankets, sleeping bags, or mattresses.
  • If you are in a vehicle, mobile home, or portable classroom, move quickly to a strong building for shelter. If there is no shelter, lie flat in the nearest ditch or depression.
  • Do not take shelter in a structure with a high, wide roof such as an auditorium, gym, or shopping mall.

Meeting Place


Choose a place for family members to meet if your neighborhood and home are damaged or destroyed.