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Pearland official: Don’t wait to prep for storms

May 28, 2019

As hurricane season gets underway, Pearland Office of Emergency Management coordinator Peter Martin says that preparedness doesn’t just fall on governmental entities.

“There’s a personal responsibility element to this,” he said, urging residents to be well-prepared. .

“They need to think about whether they can successfully shelter in their homes, if need be,” he said.“Or if they need to evacuate, they need to understand how to evacuate and where they’re going to go and have supplies in case it’s a long trip.”

Some of the supplies Martin suggests includes medication, water, food for several days and any items to meet special needs of family members such as children, the elderly and pets.

Martin also noted that it would be wise to double-check the insurance policy on homes, vehicles and any other possessions.

“They need to understand what insurance they have and what insurance they need,” he said. “Folks need to make sure they have the right insurance and the right amount of insurance. They need to understand what their deductibles are and they need to have an emergency fund to cover those deductibles, to cover evacuation expenses and things of that nature.”

The final advice Martin gave is to simply be conscious of the weather. He said it’s important to stay informed through updates from the National Weather Service and local entities.

“Here in Pearland, and in Harris County, we have registration systems where you can sign up to get community alerts,” he said. “That will tell you if there’s an emergency in or around your home or place of work.

“If we have something that we think is of urgent importance to public safety, we’ll push that out on Pearland Alerts.”

For more information on how to prepare for hurricane season, visit the emergency preparedness link on the city of Pearland’s website. Although the information refers to 2018, it is still valid for this season, Martin said. The city plans also plans to soon add a link to a emergency preparedness guide from Brazoria County, he said.

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