Safety tips for Texans in the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl

July 10, 2024

Recovery efforts underway in Texas after Hurricane Beryl

As residents of Texas are recovering from the impact of Hurricane Beryl, FEMA is urging those affected to take necessary precautions while assessing damage and beginning cleanup efforts.

With millions of people still without power, extreme heat remains a significant concern.

The storm continues to move northeast across the Midwest, and those in its path should remain vigilant and heed local officials’ advice.

Texas has set up cooling centers for residents without power or air conditioning.

To find a nearby cooling center, visit www.211texas.org and search under “Extreme Heat Cooling Centers.” Beryl still poses risks of flooding, and residents in affected states should have a plan in place, check on family members, and stay aware of potential hazards, including flash floods, river flooding, and tornadoes.

Heat safety precautions for Texans

FEMA and its partners, along with non-profit organizations, are on the ground to assist Texas and other states affected by Hurricane Beryl with any emergency needs.

Millions of Texans remain without power, adding to the stress of the situation.

FEMA advises residents to follow these tips to stay safe during power outages and extreme heat:

Residents should understand the risks associated with extreme heat, especially with ongoing power outages and high temperatures forecasted.

It is crucial to:

  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink fluids regularly to avoid dehydration and overheating.
  • Watch for signs of heat illness.
  • Avoid high-energy activities or working outdoors during the midday heat if possible.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

Generator safety and additional precautions

Generators can be useful during power outages, but it is essential to use them safely to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and other hazards.

FEMA advises residents to use generators and fuel outdoors, at least 20 feet away from windows, doors, and attached garages.

Residents should also:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed to maintain food temperature.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from power surges.
  • Stay off the roads to allow emergency workers to assist people in flooded areas or clear debris.
  • Avoid floodwaters, which may be contaminated and dangerous.
  • Stay away from downed power or utility lines and report them immediately.

Residents who sustained damage from the storm are encouraged to report it through the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT).

Additional safety tips are available at Ready.gov and Listo.gov.

Ongoing assistance and support

FEMA, federal partners, and non-profit organizations remain committed to helping affected residents.

Cooling centers, emergency supplies, and recovery resources are being provided to those in need.

It is crucial for residents to stay informed and take recommended safety precautions as recovery efforts continue.

FEMA emphasizes the importance of community cooperation and adherence to safety guidelines to mitigate the risks associated with extreme weather conditions and power outages.

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