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Be Ready for Severe Summer Weather

June 2024 Newsletter

Summer has arrived, but before you book that accessible cabin or take your kiddo to a sensory-friendly matinee, make sure you're ready for the summer weather Texas can throw at you.

In the past couple of months, weather-related disasters like tornadoes, straight-line winds, and floods have devastated countless communities across the state. Now, as we enter the summer months, we have other types of extreme weather events to worry about and prepare for: hurricanes, extreme heat, and wildfires.

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season officially started on June 1, and experts predict we'll see more than normal this year. If there's a hurricane and you have to shelter in place, think about things like:

  • Stocking up on food and water
  • Making a plan for how to stay in touch with people
  • Having a backup power source
  • Putting together a "Go Bag"
  • Knowing your transportation options

Learn more about how to prepare for hurricanes.

Extreme Heat

When temperatures get extremely high, it can be dangerous for everyone, especially for people with disabilities. If you'll be home when it's hot, there are things you can do to stay cool, like covering your windows and installing weather stripping. And some utility providers can help you cool your home. If your home is too hot to stay in, there may be places in your community you can go to avoid the heat. Learn how to stay cool when it's hot.

Wildfire Safety

High temperatures and a lack of rain can create conditions that are favorable for wildfires. There are steps you can take to protect your home, but you also should have an exit strategy in place in case you have to leave. Once you are away from physical danger, you still want to monitor the air quality because wildfire smoke can affect air quality for hundreds of miles. Learn more about wildfire safety.

More resources to help you prepare

  • Weather alerts: from apps to weather radios to ASL messages, learn about the different types of weather and emergency alerts available so you can know what's coming.
  • Your info, in one place: the easy-to-use Emergency Ready Sheet helps you keep your important information in one place so you are ready when a disaster strikes. Just fill out the form and download or print your sheet.
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Impacted by the Severe Spring Weather?

Flooding, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and giant hail are just some of the types of severe weather that have hit Texas lately. If you've been impacted by the recent disasters, see our Spring Severe Weather and Flooding Event page for information to help you recover.

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Disability Rights Texas is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. Its mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society. Visit for more information.