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September 2010

Are You Prepared for a Hurricane?

Hurricane IkeWith September marking peak Hurricane season, are you and your family prepared for a hurricane or tropical storm?  Below is a list of items that should be included in your emergency essentials kits.

Food

  • 7-day supply of non-perishable food that doesn’t need cooking
  • Hand-operated can opener
  • Plastic plates, cups, utensils

Water

  • One gallon of drinking water per person per day enough for five days

First Aid

  • Red Cross approved first aid kit
  • Backup prescriptions for essential medications

Personal Hygiene

  • Hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags
  • Dental care and vision products
  • Travel-size soaps and other beauty supplies
  • Change of clothes, pair of shoes and blanket per person

Clean Air Items

  • Nose and mouth protection masks (N-95 rating)
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape

Baby Items

  • Formula, bottles, powdered milk
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Diaper rash ointment

Lighting

  • Flashlights for each family member with extra batteries
  • Fluorescent lanterns for each common area
  • Waterproof matches or utility lighter

Communication

  • Portable, battery-powered AM/FM radio
  • NOAA All Hazards Alert Radio
  • Land-line phone with long cord
  • Extra batteries for flashlights, lanterns, radio
  • Extra cell phone battery or car charger
  • Whistle

Family Safety Items

  • Smoke detector with battery for each floor
  • Carbon monoxide detector with battery backup
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Non-scented bleach for sanitization
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Shovel and basic tools

Transportation Items

  • State and regional road maps
  • Basic repair items (tools, tire patch kit, engine oil)
  • Emergency Road Safety Triangles
  • Games, books, puzzles

Pet Needs

  • 7-day supply of non-perishable pet food and water
  • Cage or pet carrier and leash
  • Pet medications and pet first-aid kit
  • Current photo in case you are separated
  • Cat litter and box
  • Pet bed and toys

For other hurricane preparedness tips, please visit the Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management website at www.hcoem.org.

 

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