In Texas, we are all well aware of how quickly a week of sunshine can turn into a week of arctic winter then just as easily cascade into days of severe storms the next. You know it, we know it. It’s time to be prepared for severe weather in Texas.
Severe weather is most common in Texas from March through November. This includes the typical, peak severe thunderstorm and tornado months from March to June, and it includes the Atlantic hurricane season which goes from June 1 to November 30. Remember, though, that severe weather can happen at any time of the year!
Ever wondered what it means when there’s an alert for a ‘Watch’ or ‘Warning’?
- Watch: severe weather conditions are favorable. Stay alert and be ready to react.
- Warning: severe weather is imminent or currently happening. Seek shelter immediately.
If severe weather is on the way, another important resource to have is knowing your TDU (Transmission Distribution Utility) company’s phone number or website. While your first reaction may be to contact 4Change Energy, we’re likely experiencing the same weather conditions, and your TDU is the entity that manages the power lines and will repair any damage.
Find your TDU contact info here.
Finally, have a game plan! The Cowboys didn’t win it all in ‘93, ‘94 and ‘96 without one did they? Grab an empty bin in your garage and fill it with some severe weather essentials like bottled water, a good first-aid kit (courtesy of our friends at American Red Cross), flashlight with batteries, phone charger and NOAA weather radio. Seal it up and stick it under the sink in your bathroom or place it in the most structurally sound room in your home. This is where you’ll be in the event of a tornado, for example.
With these simple steps, you’re well on your way to preparing for severe weather and power outages. Your list and needs may be different than ours, so take stock of your home and prepare accordingly!