Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness Kit:

  • Water – at least seven day supply (one gallons per person per day)
  • Food – at least seven day supply of  nonperishable/canned food (change out stored water and food supplies every six months
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
    Medications and special items (pain relievers, diapers, etc.)
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Sanitation (toilet paper, personal hygiene items, etc.)
  • Change of clothes and bedding
  • Extra Cash
  • Family documents (birth certificates, insurance/bank account information, etc.)
  • Pet supplies – food, water, ID, proof of vaccination, kennels or crates
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Local Maps

This checklist is sourced from the Ready Harris Hurricane Preparedness and Evacuation kit. Check out the full preparedness kit here.

Visit the Interactive Harris County Evacuation Map to find the evacuation routes closest to you.

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Sign up for Ready Harris Alerts Here to be notified about potential safety hazards or concerns.

If you live or work within the Houston City Limits, sign up for AlertHouston for City of Houston Emergency Alerts. You can also find City of Houston’s preparedness kits at Ready Houston.

Make an emergency plan with your family

When planning for an emergency, make sure to consider the following:

  • How will you communicate with your family?
  • Where will you meet?
  • If you cannot communicate with family locally, who will you contact out of state?
  • In the case of shelter in place, where will you shelter?
  • If you have a family member with special needs, make sure to account for them in your planning.
  • Lisa Gray from the Houston Chronicle provides some excellent advice on things to consider when planning for disasters – check it out here.