HOUSTON -- It's expected to be another busy hurricane season.
Here are some of the items you'll want to have on hand if a storm comes our way.
- Water: at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3-7 days; also fill bathtub and other containers; Gatorade is good to fend off dehydration
- Food: at least enough for 3-7 days; non-perishable packaged or canned food; juices; foods for infants or elderly family members; snack foods; food for special diets
- Non-electric can opener
- Cooking tools, fuel
- Paper plates and cups, plastic utensils
- Bedding: Blankets, Pillows, etc.
- Rain gear
- Sturdy shoes
- First aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs
- Toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, plastic gloves
- Toiletries, hand sanitizer, hygiene items, moisture wipes, dry shampoo
- Flashlights, extra batteries, lantern
- Radio: Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
- Telephones: Fully charged cell phone with extra battery; chargers; traditional (not cordless) telephone set
- Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards: Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods if there's a power outage or heavy flooding.
- Important documents: Place in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag; Should include insurance; medical records; bank account numbers; Social Security card; prescriptions; list of important phone numbers in case cell phone battery dies
- Tools: Keep a set with you during the storm
- Gas: Fill up your vehicles several days before landfall is expected; Gas stations could lose power during a storm and supply trucks may not be able to reach the area
- Pet care items: Proper identification, immunization records, medications, ample supply of food and water; a carrier or cage; muzzle and/ or leash
- Bleach without lemon or any other additives
- Fire extinguisher
- Mosquito repellent
- Toys, books and games for children
- Duct tape
- Face masks, hand sanitizer
- Generator and fuel
The American Red Cross also has a hurricane safety checklist you can download here to prepare your family from danger.
“Put some patience in your hurricane kit, and then add a little bit of faith," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner advised. "Do a little bit of praying that it kind of stays to the east, and then I think your hurricane preparedness kit will be complete.”