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Your Hurricane Preparedness Kit

Hurricane season is June 1 – November 30. If you live near the Texas Gulf Coast, it’s important that you have a plan, build a hurricane preparedness kit, and stay informed.

Have an Emergency Plan

Your family emergency plan should include information on where you would evacuate to, if needed. and where you would meet, if separated.  This easy emergency plan template helps you check all the boxes.

Build a Hurricane Preparedness Kit

Your storm kit should be ready to go at the beginning of the storm season, so you can avoid the last minute dash to the store (with everyone else).  If you are not yet prepared for hurricane season, print this helpful hurricane supply kit check list.

Here are some of the items you will need in your hurricane kit. We’ve included handy links to some of our favorite items on Amazon!

  • 3-day supply of food and water
  • Manual can opener
  • Bug spray
  • Whistle, to attract attention in an emergency
  • Plastic cups (preferably re-usable), paper plates, napkins and toilet paper
  • Important documents, in a waterproof pouch (or, upload photos of documents to your phone or the cloud!) You may need a copy of a utility bill and/or insurance policy to return to your home if it is damaged and you have to evacuate.
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency radio, preferably with solar power back-up
  • Flashlight(s) and extra batteries
  • Pet food, diapers and baby food (if applicable)

We’ve found that these should be part of your hurricane preparedness kit for families. 

During the Storm

During a hurricane, please use common sense. If there is storm damage, stay in your home, rather than driving around to sight see. Emergency response vehicles need to have the roads clear so they can pass. If there is flooding and you are on the road, proceed carefully through any standing water. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.

Your electronic devices and electricity and gas-powered appliances may also be damaged from the storm, either from a power surge, or from water. Review our 21 Tips to Manage Your Home Utilities in a Hurricane. If flood waters entered your home, it’s best to call an electrician to see if there’s any damage, before you turn the electricity back on.