How to prepare your home during hurricane season

Although San Antonio is 150 miles from the coast, tropical systems can be large

Whether you’re weathering a tropical system, or just your typical severe thunderstorm, there are steps you can take now to ensure you’re ready for anything.

First, you’ll want to think ahead in case you have to evacuate your home, especially during a flood.

There’s a lot to consider both inside and out so you’ll want to store loose items like grills and bikes and protect the doors and windows, but, often the biggest opening to houses — the garage door — is overlooked.

Have a plan for bracing the garage door to keep it from falling, losing pressure throughout the rest of the house.

Next is taking the time to stock what’s inside the house.

Take pictures of not only the big items like TVs and appliances, but also of clothing, that way you have proof of the amount of clothing in any particular closet for your insurer.

Keep in mind, San Antonio is only about 150 miles from the coast and tropical systems can be large.

A direct hit from a hurricane could have catastrophic effects here.

Be sure to download the KSAT weather authority app to make sure you’re prepared with breaking hurricane updates, push alerts, and state-of-the-art tracking with the KSAT12 weather team.

It’s available right now for free in the apple app store and google play.

About the Authors:

Roslyn Jimenez is a news producer for GMSA at KSAT12. Roslyn joined the KSAT12 team in January 2020 after being the First Edition producer for KIII-TV in Corpus Christi.

RJ Marquez has been at KSAT since 2010. He's covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area, and is the lead reporter for KSAT Explains. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms. You can see RJ regularly on KSAT Explains and Good Morning San Antonio. He also writes a weekly Spurs newsletter.