INDIVIDUAL & FAMILY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
Greater Houston is vulnerable to storms, high winds, flooding and power outages - especially during
Hurricane Season: June 1 - November 30. So....BE PREPARED!
Hurricane/Storm/Emergency Evacuation and Weather Updates http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
KTRH 740 AM Radio
American Red Cross (Houston) 713-526-8300. http://www.houstonredcross.org/
Jewish Family Service: 713-667-9336. email@example.com
JFS Dallas 1-972-437-9950 (24-hour answering service)
CALL & REGISTER. Senior adults and those with special needs: call 2-1-1 NOW and register for
transportation to ensure year-long help for hurricane or other evacuation emergencies. (Registration
must be renewed each year)
DEVELOP A FAMILY COMMUNICATION PLAN:
Everyone may not be together so establish a plan for contacting each other
In case of emergency, select a meeting location outside of the house where everyone is
to go immediately.
Choose an out-of-town/state family member or friend as a contact person who family
members and friends will call for information.
CHECK: Insurance coverage. Homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage.
CELL PHONE: Keep charged and have extra batteries.
VEHICLES: Keep vehicles serviced with a full tank of gas. Keep city & state maps in your
Emergency Numbers (including cell phones): family, neighbors, friends
Account numbers: bank, credit cards, utilities, insurance
Medications: Prescription names, numbers & pharmacies’ names & numbers
Telephone Numbers: doctors, utility companies, insurance company, pharmacies, bank
Scan or photocopy: Social Security, Medicare, Insurance cards, prescriptions, insurance,
Passport, Drivers License.
Photograph & Inventory: art, collectables, antiques & valuable items.
Back up your important computer files on a flash drive or CD.
Keep copies with you in a plastic bag or a waterproof container.
GATHER 3-DAY SUPPLIES (Emergency Supply Kit):
WATER (1 Gallon/person/day)
NON-PERISHABLE FOOD, e.g., Peanut butter & jelly, crackers, energy bars, canned
goods (food that does not need cooking or hot water)
COOLER WITH ICE
PAPER - tissues, towels, wipes, sanitary supplies
PRESCRIPTIONS - at least a 3-day supply of all medications
CASH - At least $100 in small bills.
FLASHLIGHT & extra batteries
PORTABLE RADIO & extra batteries
EXTRA BATTERIES - cell phone, flashlight, hearing aid, medical equipment, radio, etc.
MANUAL CAN OPENER & Eating utensils
EXTRA CLOTHES (Include raingear)
PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS
FIRST AID KIT (Include Mosquito Repellent)
TOYS, GAMES, BOOKS
TOOLS (pliers, hammer, nails, shovel, rope, duct tape, jumper cables, screw driver
knife and/or multi-functional tool)
PLASTIC SHEETS & BAGS W/TIES
PET SUPPLIES - leash, food, water, medication, carrier, treats, toys
Evacuate only when instructed to do so and
If you are in storm surge area
If your area is prone to flooding
If your area is in danger from high winds
Inform your contact person of your plans
Determine escape routes and places to meet in case you get separated during evacuation
Decide where you are going and where you plan to stay. Plan to travel at least 200 miles
Plan on being in your vehicle for a lengthy period of time.
Before you evacuate
Board up large plate glass windows; close drapes, shutters, etc
Turn off fans and air-conditioning
Unplug large electrical appliances, TVs, computers
Close fireplace damper
Turn off water at the main
Bring in or secure outdoor furniture &other loose objects, e.g., hanging baskets, bird
Do not evacuate for comfort reasons - wait until the storm has passed
SHELTERING IN PLACE:
Inform your contact person(s) of your plans
Designate a windowless interior room as your safe room
Store your 72-hour emergency supply kit in the safe room
Fill bathtub & sinks with water for hygiene and flushing toilets
Bring in or secure outdoor furniture & other loose objects, e.g., hanging baskets, bird feeders;
Board up large, plate glass windows; close drapes, shutters, etc.
In case of power outage, turn off fans & air-conditioning; unplug large electrical
appliances, TVs, computers. Keep refrigerator & freezer doors shut; open only as necessary
Continue to monitor weather forecasts