Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends and family in Corpus Christi, Houston and all areas in Hurricane Harvey’s path. Going through several hurricanes, I want to make sure everyone is as prepared as possible for this upcoming storm.
Here is are a few things to keep in mind while you get prepared for Hurricane Harvey:
It’s easier said than done, but not panicking during these situations is crucial. Panic can cloud your thoughts and cause you to make irrational decisions. Keep your head clear, understand that there isn’t much you can control in regards to the storm and focus on things you can control like protecting your family and your belongings. Check the weather and news occasionally, but not too often to avoid overthinking.
Two words: emergency notifications. If you have a smartphone, turn on notifications for emergency alerts, your news app and your weather app. This will help you to stay up to date without losing focus or getting distracted from your daily tasks.
If you are in an evacuation zone, you’ll have a short amount of time to leave before the hurricane hits. Now is the time to pack an overnight bag with essentials such as clothes, toiletries and important personal documents. Filling up your vehicle with fuel is also a good idea to prevent any delays during the evacuation.
Protect yourself, your family & your home
Regardless if you’re in an evacuation zone or not, you, your loved ones and your homes are the most important things you need to protect. Have a plan, keep your phones charged and take care of each other.
Prepare your home now if you haven’t already. Unplug computers, electronics and appliances to prevent power surge fires, video tape and record an inventory of your home for insurance purposes, gather all important documents and ensure your emergency supply kit is stocked with water, no perishable food, flashlights, batteries, cash and a first aid kit. Bring in bikes, garbage cans, lawn chairs and anything else that can turn into a projectile if heavy winds get a hold of it.
If we stay focused, listen to authorities and follow instructions, we’ll get through this together like we have with previous natural disasters. Please stay safe, look after each other and, by all means, turn around, don’t drown.
How Lost Pines Toyota can help
If your vehicle is totaled by Hurricane Harvey and you need a replacement, Lost Pines Toyota can have one delivered to you after purchase. Complete our contact form for more information.
Parts, services and repairs
The amount of rain and wind Harvey is bringing in may damage your vehicle. If you need replacement parts or repairs, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.
If your vehicle is totaled and you need a car to drive while waiting for insurance claims, rent a vehicle from us. Get your rental started by completing our online form.
If you’re a dealership, business, non-profit organization or disaster shelter and are in need of assistance such as food, water or a special request, please send us an email. We’ll work with our team to provide as much help as possible.