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2023 Hurricane Season: Quick Tips, Resources, Checklists

The 2023 hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30, but already predictions are it will be an "above average" season. Colorado State University's annual outlook calls for 13 named storms and six hurricanes. Two of those hurricanes are predicted to be major. Despite that, they say this will be a “slightly below-normal” Atlantic hurricane season.

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No one can predict where a storm will hit, so it is essential to be ready and have a hurricane plan. That plan should include what to do before, during, and after a storm hits. AARP Texas has put together a list of tips, checklists, resources, and vital information to keep you up to date on the latest news. We will also update this page as needed. Residents are asked to monitor the weather and radar.

We at AARP know people who are 50+ sometimes face additional challenges. That’s why we are collaborating with the Red Cross in Houston to help you get ready. The idea is to help you stay informed, alert, and safe. There's even an app you can download. Here are a few tips to help you plan for the 2023 Hurricane Season.


Before a storm hits, put together a Basic Emergency Kit. Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators, and storm shutters.

  • Gather food, water, and medicine. Stores and pharmacies might be closed.
  • Have a 1-month supply of medication in a child-proof container.
  • Keep personal, financial, and medical records safe.
  • Have enough pet food.

Storm prep videos (in English and Spanish)

How to Prepare your Home for Hurricane Season.mp4
Disaster Supply Checklist.mp4
Evacuate or shelter in place.mp4
Como preparar su hogar para la temporada de huracanes.mp4
Nueva Lista de Suministros para Emergencias Durante Desastres.mp4
Cuando evacuar, opciones y refugios.mp4
Revise el seguro y otros documentos importantes antes de la temporada de huracanes.mp4

Videos to help you prepare, endure, and recover from a storm:

What to pack in "grab and go" and "shelter in place" bags.

“Grab & Go” Bag (3 days)“Shelter in Place” Bag (14 days)
Food & WaterFood & Water
  • Three (3) days of non-perishable food (ready to eat)
  • One gallon of water per person per day (up to 3 days)
  • Pet food and water for up to 3 days
  • Plastic plates, cups, and utensils
  • Hand-operated can opener
  • Paper towels
  • Fourteen (14) days of non-perishable food (ready to eat)
  • One gallon of water per person per day (up to 14 days)
  • Pet food and water for up to 14 days
  • Plastic plates, cups, and utensils
  • Hand-operated can opener
  • Paper towels

The AARP Disaster Resilience Tool Kit, developed with FEMA, is designed to help local leaders reduce the risk and impacts of disasters on older adults. It is designed to inform you on what to in any disaster. Click here to check it out.

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  • City of Houston 2-1-1
  • City of Houston Emergency Management
  • Harris County Office of Emergency Management 713-881-3100
  • Houston-Galveston Area Council Hurricane Information
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Transportation Hurricane Information
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency 1-800-621-3362

    TTY 1-800-462-7585
  • American Red Cross 1-866-438-4636
  • Local American Red Cross 713-526-8300

More local hurricane resources (English/Spanish) Disaster Assistance

  • Harris County Evacuation

    211 (County Wide)

    311 (Houston Wide)
  • State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR)
  • Texas Emergency Assistance Hotline 1-877-541-7905
  • Texas Department of Insurance
  • 2019 AARP 50+ Emergency Preparedness Checklist (English)
  • 2019 AARP 50+ Emergency Preparedness Checklist (Spanish)
  • National Hurricane Central
  • AccuWeather Radar
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Three easy steps to prepare for an emergency

Download the Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist
Hurricane Safety Checklist - English
Hurricane Safety Checklist - Spanish

Download the FREE Red Cross Emergency App
Apple Store » or Google Play »
Aplicación de Emergencias - disponible en español »

Take the Red Cross Hurricane Safety Quiz

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