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 at KSAT. Before joining the team, she was a producer and video editor at KIII-TV and a radio intern in Corpus Christi. She graduated from Del Mar College with an Associate's degree in political science and liberal arts. Roslyn is family-oriented and loves spending time with her fiancé and chihuahua Paco.

RJ Marquez is co-host of KSAT News Now and reports for Good Morning San Antonio. He's been at KSAT since 2010 and covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms, including his Spurs newsletter. RJ has reported stories for KSAT Explains.