NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The National Weather Service is tracking a storm in the western Gulf of Mexico that is likely to form into a tropical depression late Thursday afternoon or Friday. Residents should prepare for the potential of heavy rainfall, strong winds, and power outages throughout Saturday. Residents should continue to monitor their local news stations, weather stations, and social media pages for important updates in their area. The Atlantic Hurricane season began on June 1 and will continue until November 30. It is important to be prepared for a tropical storm or hurricane at all times. Listed below are a few helpful tips to help residents have an emergency kit on standby at all times. It is important to have enough items in this emergency kit for 3-5 days. It is suggested to keep this kit together all year to ensure you and your family are always prepared.
What to have in an emergency kit:
- Water (recommended one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three day supply of non-perishable items)
- Batteries in multiple sizes for radios and flashlights in the event of power outages
- Basic first aid kits
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Handheld can openers for non-perishable items
- Personal hygiene items
- Antibacterial wipes
- Prescription medications in a water tight container
- Changes of clothes for each person
- Fire extinguisher
- Fuel for generators (keep 20 feet from doors, vents, or windows when in use to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning)
- Be sure all electronic devices are fully charged before severe weather hits
- Additional preparedness tips can be found at www.ready.gov
Important Resources After Severe Weather:
- Oncor power outages can be reported by texting “OUT” to 66267, by going online to oncor.com, calling 888.313.4747, or using the mobile MyOncor app.
- Deep East Texas Electrical power outages can be reported by calling 800.392.5986, going online at deepeast.com or through the DETEC mobile app.
- Road conditions can be found at www.drivetexas.org