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MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF
2018 is off to an exciting start, and with warmer weather around the corner, it may be easy to look forward to sunshine and spring break. However, as recent events have demonstrated, Texas is always ready to surprise us. While our coastal and southern regions may continue to see warmer weather, it's important to remember that up north – especially in the Panhandle – we continue to anticipate the risk of winter storms.
THE 2017 TEXAS HURRICANE SEASON RECAP
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was the seventh most active season on record since 1851, using the ACE Index which measures storm intensity and duration. For the National Hurricane Center, track accuracy continued to improve, with tracks for the three strongest hurricanes of the year being 25% more accurate than average. The landfall of Hurricane Harvey ended the 12 year drought of U.S. landfalling major (Category 3 or higher) hurricanes, dating back to Wilma in 2005.
WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS
Although known for its sunny climate, Texas is not immune from the effects of winter weather. Every year winter weather and storms affect portions of the state, stranding motorists and occasionally shutting down towns and cities. While North Texas and the Panhandle are the most likely to experience winter events, storms can stretch as far as South Texas and the Coastal Bend. Regardless of where you reside, make sure you and your family are prepared in case of winter weather events.
ACCOUNTING ON DISASTER: FINANCIALLY PREPARING FOR THE WORST
In the midst of a disaster, safety is your first priority, and finances are probably the last thing on your mind. When disaster strikes, there is often very little time to react – which is why preparedness is key. Recovery can often be the most difficult part of dealing with a disaster, but by taking steps to organize family finances ahead of time, you can make the process of getting back on your feet much easier.
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