June 1st marks the first day of Hurricane season for 2020. As Houstonians have seen first-hand, we know the potential threats that lie on the horizon during the season. Every year we must ask ourselves if we are ready for it. We urge you to take the necessary steps to be prepared in the event of hurricane force winds and rain. Having a basic emergency supply kit can be useful in a time of need! Here is a list of items you should have for your hurricane preparation kit:
- Water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
- Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Radio: Battery-powered or a hand crank radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Local map
- Cell phone with charges, inverter, or solar charger
Aside from creating a supply kit, we also recommend you:
- Make sure you have flood insurance for your home.
- Move all electronic equipment above the floor level, especially if you are in a high risk flood zone.
- Bring in all objects that can be easily blown away, such as patio furniture, bikes, plants and grills.
- Prepare your vehicle. Fill your gas tank early. Gasoline may not be available for day after the hurricane strikes due to power outages.
- Store valuables and documents, place valuables, personal papers and insurance information in a waterproof container and store them in the highest possible spot.
- Make sure you have plenty of cash, as ATM machines will be down if there is a power outage.
Lastly, we have listed contact information below of officials and agencies which can come of use in the event of an emergency:
Medical, Police, Fire – 911
Non-Emergency Support – 713-884-3131
Evacuation Assistance Registration – 211 or 311
Federal Emergency Management Administration – 1-800-621-3362
American Red Cross – 713-526-8300
Also, check to see if you are in a flood zone by looking at the flood insurance maps.