Spring Storm Preparedness in Texas Forest Country

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As spring unfolds across the Texas Forest Country, residents look forward to warmer temperatures and blooming landscapes. However, this season also brings an increased risk of severe weather, including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and heavy rains. Preparing for these potential threats is crucial for safety and resilience. Here’s what you need to know to stay prepared.

Understanding the Risks

Spring storms in Texas Forest Country can manifest as powerful thunderstorms, capable of producing damaging winds, large hail, and even tornadoes. Heavy rains can lead to flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas. The unpredictability and sudden onset of these storms necessitate advanced preparation.

Preparation Tips

  1. Stay Informed: Use a NOAA Weather Radio and download a reliable weather app on your smartphone for alerts. Staying ahead of the weather can give you valuable time to seek shelter or take other necessary actions.
  2. Emergency Kit: Assemble an emergency kit that includes water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, and other essentials. Don’t forget to include supplies for pets.
  3. Create a Plan: Have a family emergency plan that includes where to go and what to do during severe weather. Ensure everyone knows the safest location in your home, which is typically a basement or an interior room away from windows.
  4. Secure Outdoor Objects: High winds can turn patio furniture, grills, and other outdoor items into projectiles. Secure or bring these items indoors when severe weather is forecasted.
  5. Protect Important Documents: Place important documents in a waterproof container and consider backing them up digitally in a secure location.
  6. Inspect Your Home: Check your home for potential hazards that could be exacerbated by severe weather. This includes loose shingles, weak branches near your home, and clogged drainage systems.
  7. Know Your Insurance Coverage: Understand your homeowner’s insurance policy, especially regarding coverage for storm damage and flooding. Consider flood insurance if you’re in a high-risk area.

Community Resources

Local emergency management offices and community organizations often provide resources and information to help residents prepare for and recover from severe weather. Participation in community preparedness programs can also offer additional support and resources.

Preparation can significantly mitigate the risks associated with severe spring storms. By staying informed, making a plan, and taking proactive steps, residents of Texas Forest Country can ensure their safety and the safety of their loved ones during the unpredictable spring weather season. Remember, the time to prepare is now, before severe weather strikes.

Lee Miller
Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.

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