Here are some helpful hints needed to be prepared before and during a storm as well as the evacuation routes by zip codes following on the next page.
Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility. What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity or telephones – were cut off? Relief workers cannot reach everyone right away.Therefore, prepare before disaster strikes. You and your family will cope best by preparing for a hurricane before a storm is in the Gulf of Mexico. One way to prepare is by assembling a disaster supply kit. Once a storm is in the Gulf, you may not have time to stop or search for supplies or you may have difficulty finding needed items. However, if you have gathered your supplies in advance, your family can endure an evacuation or home confinement.
- Water – At least a 5 to 7 day supply (One gallon per person per day)
- Food – At least a 5 to 7 day supply of nonperishable food (Change out stored water and food supplies every six months).
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlight with Extra Batteries
- Battery Powered Radio
- Medications & Special Items (pain relievers, diapers, etc.)
- Tools & Supplies
- Sanitation (toilet paper, personal hygiene items, etc.)
- Change of Clothes & Bedding
- Important Family Documents (birth certificates, insurance/bank account info, etc.)
- Food, Water, and Medicine for your Pets
- Kennels or Crates for pets
- If you evacuate, remember to take your disaster supply kit with you on the road.
- During hurricane season (6/1 – 11/30), keep at least half a tank of gas in your car at all times.
- Rethink your needs every year and update your kit as your household changes.
Here is a link to a map of evacuation zip-zones for Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris and Matagorda counties.