Disaster Preparedness, Recovery & Response

In Houston and around the Housten the only disasters that we have to handle are hurricanes and tropical storms and the tornadoes that they spawn and the floods that follow due to the torrential rains.

For us, the main thing to do is to make sure that we have plenty of canned food or nonperishable food such as XMRE or Eversafe products line, bottled water on hand and having the necessary emergency medical kit containing alcohol pads, band-aids, sterile gauze, antibiotic cream and the like. You might also want to make sure that you have a backup source of electrical power such as a portable gas generator to power the essentials like your refrigerator and freezer in case the power is out for more than two days.

When hurricanes or tropical storms hit our area, we are generally without electricity for several days due to the high volume of fallen trees and broken branches which interfere with power lines. Certain areas south of Houston may be incapacitated for longer periods seeing these homes were built in coastal plains that are susceptible to the high tides of storm surging. Most people like to live close to the water so that they can enjoy its recreational values but they never look at the potential danger of flooding. The majority of land in and around Houston is either coastal prairie or river bottom land and those that come to Houston don't realize that the city was built upon swamp land some 150 years ago.

The area is beautiful the majority of the year, but every now and then Mother Nature has her moment, and there is no way to get around that. We can only live and endure what she has to put out.

However, there is one thing I can say for those who live in the area. Whenever there is a disaster of any nature, we tend to be there for one another. It seems that we all realize that the strength of any city is within the cohesiveness of the citizens that live there and the common humanity that lies with each of us.

One other thing that you must consider for any disaster and that is always making sure that you have a battery-powered radio. So that you are able to receive updates from local authorities involving conditions in the surrounding area seeing most of us have gotten used to our cell phones and laptops and there is a high possibility that those will be down due to the inaccessibility to recharge those battery packs. Be safe be prepared. And move to higher ground if needed.