Hurricane Season 2024: Preparedness Tips for South Texas Residents

As Hurricane Beryl strengthens in the Atlantic, we at Moore Law Firm want to remind our clients in the Rio Grande Valley and Texas Coastal Bend about the importance of hurricane preparedness. While Beryl is not currently a threat to our area, it serves as a timely reminder that we’re in hurricane season. Proper preparation can make a significant difference in protecting your family and property from the devastating effects of a hurricane. Here are some essential tips to help you get ready for the upcoming season.

Stay Informed:

Monitor Local News: Keep an eye on local news channels and radio stations for the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

National Hurricane Center: Regularly check the National Hurricane Center (NHC) website for updates on storm developments and forecasts. The NHC provides detailed information about storm tracks, intensity, and potential impacts.

Know Your Zone:

Evacuation Zones: Familiarize yourself with the local evacuation zones in your area. Knowing your zone can help you make quick decisions if an evacuation order is issued.

Evacuation Routes: Identify the primary and secondary evacuation routes from your home. Plan multiple routes to ensure you have options in case of road closures or heavy traffic.

Prepare Early:

Emergency Supplies: Don’t wait until a storm is approaching to gather supplies. Stock up on non-perishable food, water, medications, flashlights, batteries, and other essentials. A good rule of thumb is to have at least three days’ worth of supplies for each family member.

First Aid Kit: Ensure your first aid kit is fully stocked with bandages, antiseptics, pain relievers, and any prescription medications.

Pet Supplies: If you have pets, make sure you have enough food, water, and any necessary medications for them as well.

Secure Your Home:

Shutters and Plywood: Install storm shutters or have plywood ready to cover windows and glass doors. This can protect against flying debris and prevent windows from shattering.

Roof and Gutters: Inspect your roof and gutters for any damage or loose shingles. Clean out gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage.

Outdoor Items: Bring in or secure outdoor furniture, grills, and other items that could become projectiles in high winds.

Review Insurance Policies:

Coverage: Ensure your home and property are adequately covered for potential storm damage. Review your policy to understand what is and isn’t covered, and consider purchasing additional coverage if necessary.

Flood Insurance: Standard homeowners insurance policies typically do not cover flood damage. If you live in a flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Policy Details: Familiarize yourself with the details of your policy, including deductibles, coverage limits, and the claims process.

Document Valuables:

Inventory: Create an inventory of your belongings, including photos and descriptions of valuable items. This can be invaluable if you need to file an insurance claim.

Receipts and Appraisals: Keep receipts and appraisals for high-value items in a safe place. Consider storing digital copies in the cloud for easy access.

Create a Family Emergency Plan:

Communication Plan: Establish a communication plan with your family members. Designate an out-of-town contact person that everyone can check in with if you get separated.

Meeting Points: Decide on safe meeting points both inside and outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home immediately.

Evacuation Plan: Plan how you will evacuate, including where you will go and how you will get there. Ensure all family members are familiar with the plan.

Protect Important Documents:

Waterproof Containers: Store important documents, such as birth certificates, passports, insurance policies, and medical records, in a waterproof container.

Digital Copies: Make digital copies of important documents and store them securely in the cloud or on a portable USB drive.

After the Storm:

Safety First: Avoid returning home until authorities have declared it safe. Watch out for downed power lines, flooding, and other hazards.

Damage Assessment: Carefully assess your home for damage and document everything with photos and videos. This will be crucial for filing insurance claims.

Temporary Repairs: Make temporary repairs to prevent further damage, but avoid making permanent repairs until your insurance company has assessed the damage.


Being prepared for hurricane season can significantly reduce the risk to your family and property. Stay informed, plan ahead, and take proactive steps to secure your home and belongings. At Moore Law Firm, we are here to assist with any legal questions related to hurricane preparedness or recovery. Stay safe, South Texas.

For more detailed information or assistance with insurance claims, contact Moore Law Firm today. We are committed to helping our community navigate the challenges of hurricane season.

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