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Be Prepared: Build Your Basic Disaster Supplies Kit for Hurricane Season!

Hurricane season is here, Houston! ️ Now's the perfect time to ensure your family's safety and well-being by building a basic disaster supplies kit. These essentials will keep you comfortable and ready to face any potential disruption caused by a natural disaster.

What to Include in Your Kit:

Water & Food 

  • Water: minimum 3 gallons of water per person (1 gallon per person per day for at least 3 days), for drinking and sanitation.

  • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person.

  • Manual can opener

  • Disposable plates, bowls, and utensils (to conserve water)

  • Gas

  • Pet Supplies: Food and extra water for your pet.

Communication & Navigation 

  • Create a communications plan. Hand-write contacts

  • Local Maps (yes, the paper kind in case GPS/electronic maps are inoperable)

  • Cell Phones with Chargers and a backup battery or fully charged power bank 

  • Radio: Battery-powered or hand crank radio for news and weather updates

  • Flashlights and/or battery-operated lanterns

  • Extra batteries

Health & Safety 

  • First Aid Kit

  • Prescription Medications (at least 5 days’ worth)

  • Non-Prescription Medications: pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, antihistamines, etc.

  • Whistle: To signal for help.

  • Dust Masks: To help filter contaminated air.  

Shelter & Sanitation 

  • Plastic Sheeting or Tarps & Duct Tape: To shelter in place or make impromptu repairs.

  • Moist Towelettes, Garbage Bags, and Plastic Ties: for personal sanitation.

  • Sleeping Bag or Warm Blanket: For each person. 

  • Strengthen your home

Personal Items 

  • Prescription Eyeglasses and Contact Lens Solution

  • Infant Supplies: Formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream. 

  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes for each person 

Important Documents & Money 

  • Cash

  • Important Family Documents: Paper copies of identification, titles/deeds, insurance policies, legal documents, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container and/or saved electronically.

Fortify Your Home:

  • Install sewer backflow valves to safeguard against flooding.

  • Trim dead branches and consider removing dead trees to minimize the risk of them damaging your home during a storm.

  • Secure Your Investment: Ensure your property is adequately documented and insured.

  • Review your insurance policies to confirm coverage and make any necessary updates.

  • Take Inventory: Create a detailed record of your belongings for insurance purposes.

Final Tips:

  • Store these items in airtight plastic bags and place your entire kit in easy-to-carry containers like plastic bins or a duffel bag.

  • Stay informed! Regularly monitor weather reports and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

Stay safe and prepared, Houston! 🌟 

(Credits: FEMA) 


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