Hurricane Season Isn't Over

News Release:

AUSTIN - Hurricane season is not over yet. Texas has already responded to Hurricanes Dolly, Gustav and Ike. Many families remain in shelters or have returned home only recently. Because hurricane season continues through Nov. 30, it is important for coastal residents to refill disaster supply kits.

Regularly replenishing emergency supplies that you keep in easy-to-carry containers will serve you well, no matter what kind of natural or manmade emergency you may face.  Use this checklist:

  • First-aid kit
  • Extra prescription medications, written copies of prescriptions, other special medical items
  • Important documents and records, photo IDs, proof of residence, information you may need to process insurance claims
  • Cash (power outages mean banks and ATMs may be unavailable)
  • Battery-operated radio and NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Phone numbers of family and friends
  • Road maps, a travel plan, hotel reservations, list of places between your town and your destination you can stop if the highways are clogged
  • 3-day supply of non-perishable food, one gallon of bottled water per person per day,
  • Coolers for food and ice storage, paper plates, plastic utensils
  • Manual can opener, knife, tools, booster cables, fire extinguisher, duct tape, tarp, rope
  • Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags and extra clothing
  • Toilet paper, cleanup supplies, personal hygiene products
  • Eyeglasses, sunglasses, hearing aids
  • Special supplies needed for babies, older adults and pets
  • Extra keys

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