With recent heavy rains, strong winds and flooding along the Texas Gulf Coast, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is urging Texans to make emergency and disaster preparations for themselves and their families this hurricane season
Dr. Monty Dozier said a few of the most immediate steps a family can take would be to prepare and practice a family emergency plan along with preparing “disaster kits” for the home, office and vehicle.
Dozier said kit contents should include bottled water, non-perishable foods, a hand-operated can opener, mouth/nose protection masks, extra clothing, a first-aid kit, gloves, blankets, toiletries, battery- or hand-powered flashlight, weather radio, spare batteries, garbage bags, medications and anti-bacterial cleaners or wipes.
He said if there are also family pets needing to be evacuated, a pet emergency kit should also be a part of disaster readiness.
It’s also a good idea to prepare a grab-and-go box containing important documents and financial records in the event of an emergency situation, Dozier said.
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