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Be prepared: Weather or not, tornado season is here

Did you know more tornadoes strike in Texas than in any other state? On average, our state experiences about 155 each year, according to the National Climatic Data Center. 

And while one can develop at any point in the calendar, weather conditions from March to October are particularly ripe in Texas for such storms. TDHCA wants all Texans to be prepared (TexasPrepares.org) in the event a tornado strikes.

Unlike a flood which requires an immediate evacuation, or a hurricane where you will likely have time to leave by car for safe shelter, a tornado may require you to shelter in place. Tune in to local TV and radio for recommendations from local officials. How do you do that?  

Keep an AM/FM/Weather band radio (or a NOAA Weather Radio) that can be powered by batteries or plugged into an electrical outlet handy. If a warning is issued, find the sturdiest interior room away from any windows and stay in place until the radio says otherwise.  

Long before a tornado watch or warning is issued, create a water-proof document bag into which you should put some cash, current photo IDs, Social Security cards, a list of family and friends’ phone numbers, a list of medications and doctors’ phone numbers, and other essential documents.

After the emergency passes, hang on to every receipt for every purchase on any home improvement product or repair service. Document every detail possible. This can help if federal or state government aid later becomes available.

For more information, visit TDHCA’s Disaster Relief resource page. Preparing now will help your family weather the storm.

News Releases

News releases are developed by the Communications and Marketing section of the Division of Policy and Public Affairs to publicize TDHCA program activities. These include application funding cycles, program grant awards, special events, board activities, and other relevant information.

Date Headline
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07/31/2014 State housing agency allocates $60.1 million in tax credits; financing tool to create 5,400 units of affordable housing
07/31/2014 State housing agency funds new service providers to fight poverty in Aransas, Refugio counties
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06/26/2014 State housing agency’s $1 million contract to help county improve living standards in five colonias (El Paso County)
06/26/2014 State housing agency’s $600,000 contract to help county improve living standards in five colonias (Val Verde County)
06/06/2014 State housing agency joins Governor Perry in saluting, promoting affordable homeownership
05/08/2014 State housing agency commits $5.7 million for major upgrades to Big Spring rental property
05/08/2014 State housing agency commits $5.1 million for major upgrades to Marshall rental property
05/08/2014 State housing agency commits $2.3 million loan toward major upgrades to Victoria rental property
04/10/2014 State housing agency moves to restore key energy assistance program to nine southwest Texas counties
01/27/2014 State housing agency’s $37 million funding package to expand Fort Worth’s affordable rental market
01/27/2014 State housing agency’s $969,000 in housing tax credits to increase affordable rental options in Brownsville