Hurricane season 2014 officially started June 1st... which means, TODAY would be a good day to make sure you're prepared...

The Ready Houston initiative has some useful tips and a 4-step checklist:

  1. Make a Plan: Have a plan for what you and your family will do in an emergency. Consider how you will communicate with each other, where you will meet, and who you can leave messages with out-of-state if you can't reach people locally. If you or a loved one has special needs, be sure to account for these as well.

  2. Build a Kit/Basic Supplies List: These supplies should be enough to last five to seven days at home. Smaller versions may be appropriate for work or your vehicle.

Water (one gallon per person per day, for drinking and sanitation)

Non-perishable food

Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and tone-alert weather radio, with extra batteries

Flashlight with extra batteries

First aid kit

Rain gear

Whistle to signal for help

Filter mask or cotton t-shirt to help filter the air

Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Manual can opener if kit contains canned food

Plastic sheeting and duct tape for shelter-in-place

Items for unique family needs, such as prescription medications, infant formula, and diapers

Paper towels and disposable cups, plates, and utensils

Cash or traveler's checks, change

Fire extinguisher

Matches in a waterproof container


Copies of important family documents in a waterproof container (see lists below)

Books, board games, and other non-electronic entertainment

Pet food and one gallon of water per day per pet

Personal Papers

Social Security numbers

Important addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses

Birth certificates or adoption papers

Marriage certificate

Citizenship documents, naturalization papers, and passports

Drivers licenses and state IDs

Vaccination records, medication lists, and blood types

Court orders relating to divorce, child support, custody, alimony, or property division

Financial Information

Wills (Last Will and Testament or Living Wills)

Powers of attorney documentation

Insurance policies, including policy numbers, coverage limits, and insurance agent contact information

Bank accounts with account numbers and bank contact information

Credit card account numbers with card company contact information

Real estate documents (leases, deeds, mortgages, promissory notes, and closing papers)

Vehicle titles

Bonds, stock certificates, sales contracts, and financial agreements



3. Stay Informed: Be sure to keep up with information from your local government leaders and media. If the Emergency Alert System is activated, tune to KTRH 740 AM or 88.7 FM to receive emergency messages


4. Know Your Neighbors: Make the time now to get to know your neighbors so you're ready to help each other out when disaster strikes. And make sure your neighbors are prepared too, because there's no better resource than a prepared community!