Are you prepared for severe weather? Here’s a checklist of supplies to have on hand

HOUSTON – Here’s a checklist of items to have on hand during hurricane season.

ID and money

  • A form of personal identification for every household member
  • Credit card
  • Cash

Emergency supplies

  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Whistle and signal flares to signal for help
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries

Communication tools

  • Charged mobile devices
  • Portable phone charger
  • KPRC Channel 2 Frank’s Forecast Weather App
  • Battery-powered radio or television
  • NOAA All Hazards Radio
  • Map of the area and phone numbers of places you could go

Food and household items

  • One gallon of water per person per day for 3-5 days
  • Three-day supply of canned food
  • Infant formula
  • Manual can opener
  • Plastic plates, cups, and utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags

Personal hygiene items

  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Soaps and hand sanitizer
  • Vision care products


  • First-aid kit and first-aid manual that includes band-aids, sterile gauze, over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medication and antibiotic ointment
  • Make sure you have enough prescription medicines to outlast a storm and its aftermath
  • Individuals with chronic illness should have enough supplies to manage the illness for a five to seven-day period
  • Those with medical conditions that are sensitive to dietary intakes, such as diabetes or borderline congestive heart failure, should have appropriate food on hand

Pet items

  • Pet carriers and other supplies
  • Medications, medical records and a first-aid kit in a waterproof container
  • Secure collars with up-to-date information. If you are evacuating to a shelter or other location, attach the phone number and location of your temporary address to the back of your pet’s ID tags with temporary tags or adhesive tape and indelible ink.
  • Current photos in case pets are lost
  • Food, water, bowls, cat litter pan and manual can opener
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets