When a Hurricane Threatens

  • Purchase the recommended emergency supplies and place in an easy-to-access location.
  • Store drinking water in anything that is clean: bathtubs, bottles, pots, etc. The water supply may become contaminated.
  • Put all important paper documents, including photos, in zip lock plastic bags, and place in a portable container, such as a suitcase. It makes it easy to take with you if an evacuation is needed.
  • Move important and valuable items, such as electronics, to the 2nd floor or a high shelf to protect them from water.
  • Check all battery-powered equipment. Emergency cooking facilities, lights and flashlights will be essential if utilities are interrupted.
  • Secure outdoor objects that may be blown away or uprooted. Bring in all unsecured items from the outside, such as lawn chairs and barbecue pits. Place the items inside a garage.
  • Plan for pets. Be sure their collars with identification are on. Check with the hotel you plan to stay at to ensure pets will be allowed.
  • Secure buildings by closing and boarding up each window of your home. Tape is not enough to reduce the risk of broken glass.
  • Close all interior doors. Secure and brace external doors.
  • Have additional cash on hand for emergencies since automated teller machines (ATMs) may be out of service.
  • Fill your vehicle's gas tank and make sure it is working properly.
  • Make sure you have enough prescription medicines to outlast a storm and its aftermath.
  • Use a video camera to record your home and property. It will serve as a record for the insurance company if a claim is filed.
  • Listen to the advice of local officials and evacuate if they advise you to.
  • Make sure you know your evacuation route. Figure out where you will go and how you will get there.
  • More information can be found at the Prepare 4 Disaster's website or the Houston Red Cross website.