Ready yourself for the worst-case scenario. Prepare to live with no electricity or natural gas services for as long as two weeks.
|Category 1||winds 74-95 mph (64-82 kt)||7 to 10 days|
|Category 2||winds 96-110 mph (83-95 kt)||2 to 3 weeks|
|Category 3||winds 111-130 mph (96-113 kt)||3 to 5 weeks|
|Category 4||winds 131-155 mph (114-135 kt)||4 to 6 weeks|
|Category 5||winds 156 mph and up (135 + kt)||6 to 8 weeks|
Use these pre-hurricane checklists to get ready.
Emergency Supply Checklist
- Candles & matches
- Water (one gallon/day for each person, for at least three days)
- Non-perishable food items (three-day supply) & a manual can opener
- First aid supplies & prescription medications
- Protective clothing, rain gear & sturdy shoes
- Sterno, charcoal & lighter fluid
- Flashlight, battery-operated radio & two-week supply of batteries
- Hammer, nails, masking tape, plywood & plastic (for quick repairs)
- Dust masks to help filter contaminated air
- Cash (ATMs may not work)
- Cellphone with chargers & supplemental batteries
Things To Do
- Locate the safest room/area for use during the storm
- Put your household’s 3-day supply of water in an accessible place
- Bring your pets inside
- Clear your yard of unsecured objects
- Board windows (to reduce the risk of broken glass)
- Keep your car fueled and trip-ready
- Have a map on hand
- If you anticipate flooding, turn off your main electrical circuit breaker
- Leave home if you are advised to evacuate
- Take insurance policies & a valid ID showing your home address
Monitor weather reports for updates
not turn off natural gas at the meter! It can disrupt pressure levels and allow water to infiltrate pipes during flooding.
- Sign up for CenterPoint Energy’s free
Power Alert Service to receive personalized alerts by phone, email, and/or text when your power goes out with an estimated time of restoration and confirmation when power has been restored.
Tips to stay safe after a major storm in Houston:
Check your power status with our
Electric Outage Center (see video “How to use Outage Tracker During a Major Storm or Hurricane”). For free, automatic outage notifications via text, email or phone call, enroll in
Power Alert Service. In the days following a storm, please use the above resources to get outage updates rather than calling CenterPoint Energy. Our call center team is extremely busy with emergency calls. Thank you!
Downed power lines can cause fatal injuries to those who get too close. Stay away! Also, understand that anything contacting or near a line, like puddles, tree limbs or vehicles, can contain a deadly electrical current. Learn more safety about
downed lines after a storm.
Flooding can damage electrical systems and carry electricity. Did flood water rise above electrical outlets in your home? Do not try to restore power, or turn on the main circuit breaker, without first consulting a licensed electrician. If flooding in your home, yard or neighborhood is an issue, visit
flood safety tips.
Generators are a great way to maintain power after a storm, but they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning if they are used indoors – even in your garage! Read the
portable generator safety guidelines.
Natural gas leaks can be caused by severe storms. If you smell natural gas inside your home, leave immediately on foot! Once you’ve reached a safe place, you may call 911. Learn more about
what to do if you smell gas.