HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS JUNE 1, 2023
Make a Plan
- Identify an out-of-town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
- Memorize phone numbers. Be sure every member of your family knows the phone numbers and has a cell phone or the ability to call emergency contacts. If you have a cell phone, save emergency contacts as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you have listed them as emergency contacts.
- Use text messaging. Make sure all family members know how to use text messaging. Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
- Subscribe to Mont Belvieu INFOrce Alerts at www.montbelvieu.net/INFOrce. With this system, the City can give you important information via phone, text or email. Register your cell phone as well so you will receive alerts when you are not at home.
- Consider the various types of emergencies that could occur in our area. Flooding, hurricanes, chemical spills, etc. Discuss with your family what you would do in each situation. Depending on the circumstances, you may have to shelter in place or evacuate. Have a plan for both possibilities.
- Complete the Family Emergency Plan Worksheet.
Build a Kit
No matter what the disaster, you need to have food, water, and essential supplies available. Chances are, you already have many essentials for a disaster kit. Gather them first; then go shopping for the rest. Pack your supplies in a portable container. If you have a large family, divide them into two or three containers. Keep your supplies near your car, ready to load at a moment's notice. And don't forget to periodically replace items that may expire, such as food and batteries.
- NOAA Weather Radio
- Extra batteries
- Water: 1 gallon per person, per day, for at least 3 days
- First aid kit
- Medications, prescriptions, medical equipment, etc.
- Food: 3-day supply of non-perishable canned foods and can opener
- Pet supplies
- Food, water, leash, photos, medicine, sanitation, toys, and a crate
- Important documents (i.e. copies of insurance, birth certificates, etc.)
- Change of clothes
- Baby supplies
- Emergency contact list
- Tool kit
In addition to your full emergency supply kit, you should have one or two smaller "Go Bags" in your workplace, vehicle, or other places you spend time. A "Go Bag" is a collection of items you may need in the event of an evacuation, especially if you are not at home when an evacuation order is issued. A "Go Bag" should be packed in a sturdy, easy-to-carry, preferably water-resistant container such as a backpack or suitcase on wheels.
Register for Mont Belvieu INFOrce alerts. Mont Belvieu INFOrce Alerts are important notifications sent by the City of Mont Belvieu directly to residents. These notifications include information and updates on emergencies, traffic, road construction, amber alerts, water issues, evacuations, and much more. Listen to instructions from local officials for information on evacuation times and routes. After the storm, stay at your destination until advised to return home by local officials.