There’s No Such Thing as Being “Over” Prepared

Houston Hurricane 2017

Thousands of East Texans, including military families, are still being rescued, and thousands more have evacuated in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall over the weekend. The news and social media photos of residents and first-responders wading in waist-deep waters are only a glimpse into what disaster looks like when it hits. These images serve as a reminder that one can never be too prepared for disaster to hit. This is especially true now that Irma, a category 5 hurricane, is hot on Harvey’s tail. 

“One of my biggest regrets was not evacuating soon enough,” said Marine spouse Emily, who had to be rescued from her car last year when Hurricane Matthew hit the southeastern United States. “Never underestimate the power of the storm. Forecasts can change in a matter of hours,” she said. “You definitely want to over-prepare.”

Navy spouse Julia said her experience with Hurricane Matthew prompted her to get to know the area better at her new duty station.

“I needed to know where to go and what emergency procedures were in that town before I could even sleep our first night there,” she said. “This is something everyone should be doing anyway, but in my case, I just can’t walk into something like that unprepared ever again.”

While Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm, reports are saying more rain is coming for that region. We’re smack-dab in the middle of Hurricane season, and it’s best to know all of your resources now, and for the future. Whether you’re currently impacted by Harvey or not, it’s important to know what to you can do, where you can go, and who you can call.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

If you or a loved one in the Houston area still need to be evacuated or rescued, you should call 911, or the following Coast Guard numbers:

  • 281-464-4851

  • 281-464-4852

  • 281-464-4853

  • 281-464-4854

  • 281-464-4855

The American Red Cross disaster relief team provided several resources that can be used when you find yourself in the middle of an emergency, and stressed the importance of being prepared for emergencies and having a disaster kit—which should have its own special considerations: who might use it, why they might use it, and when they might use it. For more helpful resources from the Red Cross, check out the links below

TRICARE

TRICARE has updated their website to include specific information for those who are currently impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Additional TRICARE resources include:

Military Aid Societies

Army Emergency Relief

Phone number: 866-878-6378

Air Force Aid Society

Phone Number: 703-972-2650

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Phone Number: (800)-654-8364

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA)

Phone Number: 800-881-2462

Additional Resources

Be sure to check your installation website and Facebook pages frequently for information specific to your area.

Posted August 29, 2017

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