One way to be prepared for a hurricane is to have a complete stock of supplies. Here is "The Ultimate Hurricane Checklist" published by the Houston Chronicle:
|Nonperishable food||Water (1 gallon/day for each family member||Paper utensils||Manual can opener|
|Aluminum foil||Coolers||Battery-operated radio||Batteries|
|Toiletries||Prescription medication||First-aid kit||Frozen gel packs|
|Toilet paper||Disinfectant||Duct tape||plastic bucket/lid|
|Plastic garbage bags||Plastic storage containers||Trash bags||Kids' games/activities|
|Map of Texas||Flashlight||Whistle||Work gloves|
|Generator & its supplies||Gas cans||Matches||Chain saw (for tree debris)|
|Fire extinguisher||Fix-a-flat||Pliers||Utility knife|
|Rain gear||Rubber boots||Sandbags||Tarps/plastic sheeting|
Source: Snyder, Mike. "HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS: Lessons for the Next Big One; Gulf Coast Still Recovering from Last Year as the New Storm Season Begins" 31 May 2009. Houston Chronicle. Accessed 13 May 2015.
Online Hurricane Resources
Local Preparedness Resources
- American Red Cross Greater Houston
- City of Houston Disaster Preparedness Guide
- City of Houston Office of Emergency Management
- City of Houston Storm Risk Calculator
- Hurricane Preparedness Workshops
- Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
- Ready Houston - Regional Disaster Preparedness
- United Way of Greater Houston
General Preparedness Resources
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