Texans who live within 100 miles of the gulf have deep, personal knowledge about hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1 and regularly runs through Nov. 30. In Texas, the peak hurricane month is August, during which we’ve seen 17 hurricanes, including Harvey in 2017, the costliest in state history. 

The Lone Star State has endured the second most hurricanes—behind only Florida—recording 64 since 1851 as documented by the National Hurricane Center. Now is a good time for Texans to equip themselves for the looming extreme weather season. Patten Title wants to ensure that you’ve taken all the precautions to keep you, your family and your home safe from harm. Here are our recommendations for getting well prepared for Texas’ hurricane season.

  1. HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN
  2. PREPARE A GO-BAG
  3. PREPARE YOUR PROPERTY
  4. COLLECT PERSON RECORDS AND ITEMS
  5. PREPARE FOR EXTREME WEATHER

  1. HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN

Before a hurricane hits, decide if your family will stay in your home or hometown or exit to an area with shelter. Discuss plans with family and friends outside of the hurricane zone to ask if you can stay with them in an emergency. 

If you plan to stay in the area, find out where the nearest shelter is to your home. Watch for storm updates on TV, online, or listen to the radio. Find out which roads aren’t flooded by checking Drivetexas.org. If your community has a flood map, be sure to get a copy. 

Other preparations to consider include: 

  • Family: Talk with your elderly and disabled family and friends this summer about their emergency plans. Know that they are in a safe place before the hurricane hits.
  • Fuel: When a hurricane is imminent, have at lea