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Hurricane Preparedness: Essential Tips for Homeowners in Houston, TX

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1. Stay Informed

  • Weather Updates: Regularly monitor trusted sources like the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and local news for updates.
  • Alerts and Warnings: Sign up for emergency alerts through local government and weather apps.

2. Create an Emergency Plan

  • Evacuation Routes: Know your evacuation routes and have a plan for where you will go if you need to leave.
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  • Family Communication: Establish a communication plan to keep in touch with family members.
  • Pet Safety: Include plans for your pets, such as pet-friendly shelters and necessary supplies.

3. Assemble an Emergency Kit

  • Basic Supplies: Ensure you have enough water, non-perishable food, medications, and other essentials to last at least 72 hours.
  • Important Documents: Keep copies of important documents like insurance policies, identification, and medical records in a waterproof container.
  • Tools and Equipment: Include items like flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, and a multi-tool.
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4. Secure Your Home

  • Shutters and Boarding: Install hurricane shutters or pre-cut plywood to protect windows and doors.
  • Outdoor Items: Bring in outdoor furniture, decorations, and anything that could become a projectile.
  • Roof and Gutters: Ensure your roof is in good condition and gutters are clear to prevent water damage.

5. Review Your Insurance

  • Coverage Check: Review your homeowner’s insurance policy to ensure it covers hurricane damage. Consider additional flood insurance if you’re in a flood-prone area.
  • Inventory: Create a home inventory with photos and descriptions of valuable items to streamline any claims process.

6. Stay Safe During the Storm

  • Shelter in Place: If you’re not evacuating, find a safe room in your home away from windows, like an interior room or closet.
  • Power Safety: Use generators safely and avoid using candles to prevent fire hazards.

7. After the Storm

  • Wait for Clearance: Only return home when authorities say it’s safe.
  • Inspect Carefully: Check for structural damage, gas leaks, and electrical issues.
  • Document Damage: Take photos of any damage for insurance purposes before making temporary repairs.

Real Estate Considerations

As a homeowner or prospective buyer in Houston, understanding the risks and preparing accordingly can protect your investment. Here are some additional tips from a real estate perspective:

1. Know the Flood Zones

  • Research: Check if the property is in a flood zone using FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center.
  • Elevation Certificates: Consider obtaining an elevation certificate to better understand your flood risk and potential insurance costs.

2. Storm-Resistant Features

  • Building Codes: Ensure your home meets current building codes for hurricane resistance.
  • Upgrades: Invest in storm-resistant features such as impact windows, reinforced garage doors, and a wind-rated roof.

3. Community Resources

  • Neighborhood Preparedness: Engage with local community groups focused on disaster preparedness.
  • Local Government: Familiarize yourself with the resources and support offered by local government agencies.


Hurricane preparedness is a critical aspect of homeownership in Houston. By taking proactive steps, you can protect your home, ensure the safety of your loved ones, and mitigate potential damage. Stay informed, have a solid plan, and make sure your home is ready for whatever the hurricane season may bring. As always, if you have any questions about real estate or need further assistance, feel free to reach out to me.

Stay safe, Houston!

If you have any specific questions or need further advice on hurricane preparedness, don’t hesitate to contact me. Your safety and the protection of your home are my top priorities.

Warm regards,

Karla Arjona
Houston Real Estate Agent

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