Keeping you prepared during a hurricane

Hurricane Laura may be hitting Texas soon and Griddy wants you to be and feel prepared. We're here for you! 

Here is all of the information you need to know along with everything else to help you stay prepared and in the know.

Keep these contacts handy in case of an power outage: 

Outages are handled by your local utility. You can give them a call for more information in your area.

CenterPoint: 713-207-2222

You can view their outage map and sign up for alerts here

 AEP Central: 866-223-8508

You can view their outage map and sign up for alerts here

 TNMP: 888-866-7456

You can view their outage map here

Unsure about who is your local utility? You can get more information about outages here.

Stay Updated! 

Prepare!

  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies. https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.


When a hurricane is 6-18 hours from arriving:

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

When a hurricane is 6 hours from arriving:

  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.

DURING a hurricane:

  • TEXT someone, don't call. SMS messages are more likely to go through during emergencies than calls. 
  • Preserve your mobile device battery by swapping to airplane mode and keep a portable charger on hand if possible. If your phone starts running low, remember you can charge your phone via your car or laptop. 
  • Stay indoors. If the power goes out, use a flashlight.

Survive DURING:

  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Do not drive around barricades.
    If sheltering during high winds, go to a FEMA safe room, ICC 500 storm shelter, or a small, interior, windowless room or hallway on the lowest floor that is not subject to flooding.
  • If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater.

Be Safe AFTER:

  • Be sure to text your loved ones that you are safe. 
  • Be a good neighbor and make sure they’re okay! 
  • Keep all electronics unplugged at least 15-minutes after the power is back on to avoid damage.





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