Even if it's not hurricane season, we know by experience that Houston can flood any time. Do your homework now and be prepared for severe weather of any type.
Check around your home for loose items that could be picked up and cause damage in a strong wind. Store them in your garage or another secure place inside.
Check for trees that are unbalanced or leaning. Get with a qualified tree-trimmer. Instruct them to trim branches and prune diseased limbs so your trees survive a storm and don’t fall on your home or your neighbors’.
Check in the hurricane guide for the new storm zone designations. Marilyn Estates and the 77096 ZIP code are too high in elevation to be subject to storm surge, and that is what causes most deaths in a hurricane. Only those people who live closer to Galveston Bay and the coast are subject to storm surge. For a map of the evacuation ZIP codes and zones, click here (PDF online).
Listen to local radio and television reports for the official word from the Harris County Judge, who is the only local official authorized to order an evacuation.
While not subject to a storm surge, nearly all of Marilyn Estates is now in the 100-year floodplain. That is equivalent to getting about 13.5 inches of rainfall during a 24-hour period. That means a tropical storm or hurricane may still dump enough water on us to cause street flooding and flood at least some homes.
Have your supplies ready in case you cannot leave the area for several days, or if the electricity is off.
Your family disaster plan: Emergency supplies
Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days. In addition, assemble a disaster supplies kit with items you may need in an evacuation. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks, duffle bags or covered trash containers. Include:
- A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day)
- Three days of food that won’t spoil
- One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person
- A first aid kit including your family’s prescription medications
- Emergency tools including a battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries
- An extra set of car keys and a credit card, cash or traveler’s checks
- Sanitation supplies
- Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
- An extra pair of glasses
Keep important family documents in a waterproof container. Keep a smaller kit in the trunk of your car. OR scan all your documents and place them on a “thumb drive” to plug into a computer.
For more information
For local, state and national Web sites featuring information about storm and emergency preparedness, click on "Flooding, Storm and Emergency Links."