Aaron Sumrall PhD
AgriLife Extension Agent –
Agriculture / Natural Resources
Texas A&M AgriLife
It is hard to believe that it is already June 1 and halfway through 2020. I am well aware that it is taboo to mention storm season in Matagorda County, but it is something that we need to remain aware of and prepared for in the event that a storm takes aim on the central Texas coast.
The outlook for the 2020 season is indicating a 60% increase in likelihood for an active season with a prediction of 13-19 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes and 3-6 of those reaching major hurricane strength of Cat 3 or higher. This prediction is the 5th consecutive above normal season.
Hurricanes are not the only concern that we need to remine prepared for should something happen, but we are not exempt from other concerns of flooding, fire, tornados, chemical spills and others.
June 1 is a good time to reassess your preparedness should something happen requiring your response. One thing to keep in mind is to make sure all insurance policies are current with all ownings included and flood insurance is included in the policy. Flood policies typically take 30 days to become effective and will not be sold when there is an actively named hurricane. It is also a good practice to take photos of belongings and keep those images on a thumb drive or SD cards and store with insurance policies.
Agriculture producers should conduct accurate herd inventories, equipment inventories, and maybe even take a few pics. Of crops status periodically throughout the growing season. Additionally, if you are an agriculture producer, make sure you /your farm or ranch is registered with FSA. This should be completed prior to a particular storm being named. If you wait until after a storm is named, you may not be eligible for federal assistance following that storm should you be affected.
Continue to gather items, such as copies of driver’s license, social security card, one credit card, possibly birth certificate a copy of a will (if you have one), Cash, evacuation plan , and written plan/ arrangements to care for pets.
Once this is compiled, store the items together and put it in a location that you feel confident will remain above any potential flood level.
Following your preparatory efforts, make sure you call a minimum of three individuals who you trust and inform them of your plan should something happen. That will make it easier to locate you and your family following an event. Once you tell others the cations of your plan- follow it!
None of us want to think about the possibility of having to deal with a storm or other event that would require us to be extensively prepared, but it is a must.
This article is not written to cause any alarm with you or your families, but to remind you of a few things that need to come to mind and be addressed prior to an event. Stay prepared and communicate plan and changes to plans with family members and friends. Texas A&M AgriLife has many more resources that you will find beneficial in making yourself and family ready for an event located at https://texashelp.tamu.edu/