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We’re here to keep you updated with must-have contacts, conservation tips and other helpful information for when extreme weather hits. From before to after nature strikes, we have products and links to organizations that will help you weather the storm.
It’s important to stay in the know about weather conditions. Check out these important safety tips and find real-time updates at weather.gov.
- Check out current weather conditions through local radio and television reports.
- During high-wind events, basements, closets and bathrooms are great places to stay to avoid outside windows and doors. You can also shelter in place by covering a bathtub with plywood or similar materials.
- Stay inside and clear of high winds until there’s no doubt that the event is over.
- Find safe homes or shelters if your home is flooded or emergency personnel recommends doing so.
For more information, visit the National Weather Service’s severe weather safety page.
Find the latest updates on everything from traffic and construction to road closures in case you need to evacuate.
- Houston Transtar
- Texas evacuation routes
- Texas Flood and Road Construction information
- North Texas Tollway Authority
Conservation and Safety Tips
There are certain things that need to be done in the aftermath of a disaster.
- Help maintain your home’s temperature. Check for and seal any air leaks around doors and windows to reduce the amount of electricity it takes your HVAC system to keep you comfortable.
- Turn the thermometer on your water heater down to 120 degrees to conserve energy use.
- Never taste food to find out if it’s still safe to eat.
- Plan for the future: Stock up on nonperishable foods and backup power sources and establish how you’ll contact loved ones if communications are interrupted.
- If you haven’t restocked your home emergency kit, or if you need to build one, here’s a guide to ensuring you have what you need: ready.gov/kit.
- Document any damage that was done to your home as a result of the storm.
- If you’re dealing with burst pipes after freezing weather, you can find a licensed plumber in your area by visiting the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.
- Call 311 (if you live in Houston) or 211 (if you live elsewhere in Texas) to find a shelter or a community assistance program in your area.
For more tips, visit our energy-saving tips page.
It’s important to report local power outages to your Transmission and Distribution Service Provider (TDSP), which you can find by looking on your bill under “Bill Summary.” Check out the numbers to the TDSPs in Texas:
- Oncor: 1-888-313-4747
- Centerpoint Energy: 1-800-332-7143
- AEP Texas Central: 1-866-223-8508
- AEP Texas North: 1-866-223-8508
- TNMP: 1-888-866-7456
- Sharyland Utilities: 1-956-668-9551
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