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Hurricane Preparedness

It's time to prepare! Hurricane Season runs each year from June 1 through November 1. The peak of the season is mid-August to late October. 

Unfortunately, Hardin County residents are susceptible and vulnerable to the effects of a hurricane. Because of warnings and predictions, schools are generally not in session during hurricanes. However, schools are an essential part of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from hurricanes and tropical storms. 

On this page is valuable information for you and your family on how to prepare for the Hurricane Season and any emergency disaster.

In the event of a hurricane during the school year, Silsbee ISD will inform families about school closures and the resumption of classes through social media, the Silsbee ISD App, the Mass Notification System, and the district website. We will adhere to all mandates by local government including mandatory evacuations during a hurricane. Please ensure you are following Hardin County Emergency Management on social media for the latest updates.

Be in the know BEFORE disaster strikes. CLICK HERE for more

Disaster Supplies

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Preparing a hurricane kit can be challenging. CLICK HERE for helpful resources and ideas you can use to prepare ahead of time.


  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Once home, drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges. If you must go out, watch for fallen objects in the road, downed electrical wires, and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks that might collapse.
  • Walk carefully around the outside of your home to check for loose power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage.
  • Stay out of any building if you smell gas, if floodwaters remain around the building,  if the building or home was damaged by fire, or if the authorities have not declared it safe.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the leading causes of death after storms in areas dealing with power outages. Never use a portable generator inside your home or garage. Review generator safety.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights. Do NOT use candles. Turn on your flashlight before entering a vacated building. The battery could produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.

Stay Informed

Timely information during emergencies is important. You will need multiple ways to receive weather-related warnings during an emergency. Tune into your local media for up-to-date information.

Helpful Social Media Websites

Evacuation Routes

First page of the PDF file: HurricaneEvacuationRoutes

Evacuation Plan

Hurricane evacuation lane reversal routes - contraflow

In the event of a hurricane evacuation from low-lying coastal areas, existing highway lanes, both freeway and non-freeway, may be converted into "contraflow lanes."

What is contraflow?

Contraflow is when vehicles travel in the opposite direction of a lane's normal traffic flow.

This occurs during an event like a hurricane evacuation, when all traffic lanes move toward inland safety and away from the Gulf Coast.

A hurricane evacuation lane is an extra wide shoulder that is converted into an active thru lane in order to increase capacity during an emergency.

Strengthen Your Home