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Texas residents should prepare for hurricane season

Hurricanes can cause disastrous injury to coastlines and areas hundreds of miles inland. Moreover, winds can grow faster than 155 miles per hour. Furthermore, hurricanes and other storms can also generate tornadoes and create extensive flood damage.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging residents to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. Generally, people should prepare for the period between June 1, 2013 and November 30, 2013.

As you probably know, hurricanes and other tropical storms can affect many Texas residents that happen to be in a particular storm's path. Sources report that Texas residents who live along the water are at most risk to storm damage. For example, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are very vulnerable to hurricanes or tropical storms. However, some storms are so powerful that they can reach the entire state, according to the DPS.

Ultimately, early preparation and planning can help protect residents and their properties. Therefore, it does not hurt to take the appropriate precautions right now. There are a couple of things that you can do, which will help keep you safe:

  • Create an emergency kit, which includes essential documents and supplies.
  • Review any hurricane evacuation maps. You should know your specific evacuation route for you and your family. Also, do not forget to construct an evacuation plan for your pets.
  • If you or your family has any special medical needs, consider additional accommodations.

These are just a few tips, which can help keep you safe and prepared. It also helps to stay informed about changing weather conditions in your area. Also, you do not know when a storm could hit. This is why business owners should create plans for their worksites. Moreover, you may not be with your family when a storm hits. Therefore, it never hurts to make sure your child's school or daycare has emergency safety plans, too.

It is always terrifying dealing with a powerful tropical storm. In addition, the consequential damage can be colossal. The good news is that if you are insured, you will be entitled to damage relief that you deserve. However, it can take ample time to receive recovery from hurricane damage. It is not easy working with insurance companies on complex claims.

Therefore, it never hurts to have a legal professional by your side. A qualified insurance lawyer can help you assess your situation and initiate your rights.

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