Fully understanding the threats you face when a hurricane is knocking on your door is very important. Can you answer the following question. What kind of natural features do you have around your home?

Natural features that could potentially be dangerous to you, your family, and your property:

Large trees. Even if you live far from the coast, strong, damaging winds can extend inland for hundreds of miles. All it takes is a wind gust over 50 mph to start toppling trees, especially if the ground is extra wet.

A large body of water. Of course the Gulf of Mexico is one big hazard, however, sometimes, depending on how a storm moves, smaller lakes can also be susceptible to storm surge (look at Bridge City during Ike in 2008). In 2005, Rita made landfall just over the state line in Louisiana. With a southerly flow on the eastern side of the storm Louisiana saw the worst storm surge. The damage in Southeast Texas was mainly confined to downed trees, power lines, and damaged structures.

Another dangerous inland threat is heavy rainfall. If a storm slows down, the flooding can be much worse. High rainfall rates can cause rivers, streams, and bayous to quickly overflow placing nearby residents in danger.

Knowing your risk will help you make the right decisions when the time comes to take action.