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.
- Portable charger for cell phone and other electronics
- Solar powered phone charger
- Card games for grown ups and for kids
- Battery powered lantern
- Battery powered fan
Build a Hurricane Go-Bag for your Pet
Don’t forget your furry friends! Houston Dog Mom, a local dog blogger, lists the following for your pet go-bag for storm prep:
- Extra leashes
- Your pet’s identification and registration number
- A photo of your pet, specifically taken for identification! Take detailed photos of front, both sides, and stomach. Upload them to Google Photo for safekeeping.
- Vaccination records (take a picture and upload to Google Photo)
- Any medications and prescriptions
- 3-5 days supply of pet food and bottled water
- Pet first aid kit
- Familiar blanket for reassurance when in a strange place
- Collapsible carrier or crate
- Doggie poop bags or cat litter as applicable
- Calming spray, calming chews and/or thundershirt if your dog typically uses these in a storm
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.