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, it’s 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

• Extra keys

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.