Houston has three seasons – hot and humid, hotter and humider (yes, I not it’s not a word, but if you lived in Houston, you’d understand), and hurricane season. While the former seasons are uncomfortable, the latter one can be dangerous.
I’ve lived through two major hurricanes during my lifetime – Alicia (1983) and Ike (2008). I’ve also weathered several tropical storms and tropical depressions. In fact, Allison, a tropical depression wreaked havoc on Houston with heavy rain and flooding.
But none of these compared to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans was nearly destroyed by this category 5 hurricane. I helped many evacuees while they sought shelter in the Astrodome. Their descriptions of the storm were chilling. A few weeks after the storm passed, I visited New Orleans and saw the damage first-hand. It was heartbreaking.
Hurricane Katrina’s destruction made me take storm preparedness more seriously. I keep emergency supplies handy and I’ve developed an evacuation plan for my family. If you haven’t made emergency plans for your family, please visit ready.gov.
September is National Preparedness Month. Each week focuses on different important aspects of being disaster-ready:
- Week 1: How to Reconnect with Family After a Disaster – If you don’t already have a plan in place, take time during this week to create a plan and discuss it with your family. If you do have a plan, revisit it and adjust as necessary.
- Week 2: How to Plan for Specific Needs Before a Disaster – Take time during this week to consider pets, seniors, and family members with special needs and make sure they will be properly cared for.
- Week 3: How to Build an Emergency Kit – You should have enough supplies to last at least three days after a disaster. Your kit should include food/water, medicine, batteries, flashlights, communication devices, etc.
- Week 4 & 5: How to Practice for an Emergency – During an emergency, you may not have time to review your plan. It needs to be second nature so you can execute it when needed. Practice! Practice! Practice!
To help you to build your emergency kit, I’d like to give Mocha Dad readers a chance to win a “Severe Weather Safety” prize pack which includes:
- M115XDLF – padlock, best used for gates, fences sheds, workshops etc. Features a covered keyway and shackle seals for added weather protection.
- M175XDLF- resettable padlock, best used on storage lockers tools/chests etc.
- 8413KA- python cable lock that is great for keeping your belongings together, and best used on tools/ladders, tree strands and power equipment
- $50 Visa gift card for any other supplies
To enter the giveaway, answer the following question in the comments section:
What was the worst severe weather event you’ve experienced?
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Mocha Dad’s “Master Lock National Preparedness Month Giveaway” starts on Monday, September 1, 2014 and ends on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11:59 a.m. (CST), and is open to all Mocha Dad readers, subscribers, and/or fans 18 years old and older in the continental U.S. No purchase required. Relatives and employees of Goodall Family Media are not eligible to win. You are also ineligible if you’ve won a prize from this website within the past 30 days. One (1) winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced soon after the ending date. You must leave your contact information to collect your prize. If a winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received compensation and/or one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my website. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” All opinions are my own. Allow 3-6 weeks for giveaway fulfillment. While Master Lock has provided promotional support in the form of prizes, Master Lock is not administering the giveaway on this website. Prize value is approximately $90. Visit the Winners Page to see the winner.