BE PREPARED: Everything you need for your emergency kit

The National Hurricane Center says winds of 125 mph are expected as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas. The center expects Harvey to become a major hurricane by Friday before it reaches the coast.

As the hurricane approaches Texas, the hurricane's winds have increased to 85 mph (138 kph).

According to the National Hurricane Center, the hurricane is expected to make landfall in Texas on Friday night or early Saturday, then stall near the middle Texas coast through the weekend. The hurricane is expected to produce up to 20 inches (51 centimeters) of rain and up to 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain in isolated areas over the middle and upper Texas coast through early next week.

Therefore, it is important Texans prepare and make sure their emergency kit is stocked. 

Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. 

To download a printable list of items for your emergency kit, click here.

Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days.

Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT

  • WATER - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • FOOD - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lense solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly.

Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.

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