As Hurricane Harvey grows into a major threat to the coast of Texas, it’s important to know what to do in a situation where a storm of this intensity is barreling toward you.
Ready.gov has some excellent resources on how to prepare to for an event like Harvey. If you can, evacuate. Get to shelter and safety in an area that won’t be affected by the storm. Especially if you live by the coast, if you can, get the hell off the beach and get to safety.
Regardless of the direct impact of the hurricane, the storm will likely stay over the state and cause widespread flooding. If you have time, take everything out of the area where you would be subjected to rising waters. If you need to leave quickly, find out the evacuation route from your local jurisdiction and use it. Be sure to take lots of food, water and other essentials with you when you go.
Finally, be sure to follow instructions and get resources from local law enforcement. If they tell you to evacuate, it’s probably a good idea to do so. Stay safe, stay aware of your surroundings and take care of others if they need help. Subscribe to emergency alert feeds on your phone to stay updated.