Steps To Prepare

36 Hours Before Storm

  • Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often
    overloaded.
  • Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
  • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.

18 Hours Before Storm

  • 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.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

6 Hours Before Storm

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check the county website www.mctxoem.org every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • 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.
  • Ensure cell phones are charged case you lose power.

During Hurricane

  • Continue to shelter in place. Stay indoors, preferably in an interior room, on the bottom floor, away from windows.
  • Listen to NOAA weather radio for updates and instructions.
  • Do not go outside until you are certain that the hurricane has cleared your area. Some areas will get the eye of the storm, or a clearing in weather conditions and then the second set of hurricane bands will ensue.

Immediately Following Hurricane

  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions. Only leave your home or place of shelter after officials say it is safe to do so.
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fastmoving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
  • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
  • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.
Quick Tips

Montgomery County, TX
Office of Emergency Management

Montgomery County is a pass through county; residents will not be required to evacuate due to a threat of a hurricane. You will need to decide if you should leave. Ensure that you give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination as there will be many mandated evacuees trying to reach shelter cities. Put together a disaster supply kit and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate. Plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for 7-10 days and/or you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads. Make a family emergency communication plan. Signup for text or email alerting for emergency notifications at Smart911.com.

Parish Relief Efforts

Parish relief efforts will be determined once the impact on our campus and community emerges after a storm has passed. Relief begins after the Recovery stage is complete. Assuming that our campus is fully operational our efforts will focus on immediate food, water, and cleaning supplies collection and distribution. We will not accept clothing donations. Our St. Teresa Center at the west end of our campus will be our command center for storm relief efforts. All donations from out-of-state must be cleared before arrival to the St. Teresa Center by calling: 832-482-4124

Need Storm Relief?

If you are in immediate need please see the list of resources below. The local Red Cross Shelter operates at St. Simon & Jude Catholic Church in The Woodlands. Food, water, and cleaning supplies will be distributed through our St. Teresa Center once our campus is operational after a storm has passed. Financial Support will require an application and be evaluated based on need and funding from donors.

Partner Agencies

St. Anthony of Padua is blessed to partner with many organizations that provide additional services in our community with expertise that compliment our efforts. Please take a look at other organizations that might assist you in relief.

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