AUSTIN, Texas Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas is set for Feb. 21-27. Whether your area faces the threat of floods, ice storms, tornadoes, wildfires or hurricanes, its a good idea to be prepared.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service remind you Severe Weather Awareness Week is a good time to put together an emergency preparedness kit and to remind friends and family to monitor NOAA Weather Radio when storms are on the horizon. Emergency supplies in easy-to-carry containers will serve you well no matter what kind of emergency or disaster you may face. Use this checklist:
First-aid kit, extra prescription medications, written copies of prescriptions, other special medical items
Important documents and records, proof of residence, information you may need to process insurance claims
Cash (power outages mean banks and ATMs may be unavailable)
Battery-operated radio and NOAA Weather Radio
Flashlight with extra batteries
Phone numbers of family and friends
3-day supply of non-perishable food, one gallon of bottled water per person per day, Coolers for food and ice storage, paper plates, plastic utensils
Manual can opener, knife, tools, booster cables, fire extinguisher, duct tape, tarp, rope
Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags and extra clothing
Toilet paper, cleanup supplies, personal hygiene products
Eyeglasses, sunglasses, hearing aids
Special supplies needed for babies, older adults or pets
For more information on all hazards preparedness, see: the TDEM Web site at www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem, www.srh.noaa.gov, www.Ready.gov and www.redcross.org.