Your emergency kit should include:
Prepare an emergency kit for your pets - pack any medications they may need, dog food, water, blanket - and a plan for how to care for them when you're on the road and in a shelter or motel. Do not leave your pets behind.
The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is urging pet owners to prepare for disaster! Houston SPCA says the best way to protect your family is to have a plan in place before disaster strikes.
•Photograph each pet and store these pictures with other important documents in sealed/waterproof plastic bags.
•Make sure that all animals are up-to-date on their vaccinations.
•All dogs and cats should wear collars and identification tags with current information.
Visit the Houston SPCA website for more tips at www.houstonspca.org/site/News2 or call them at 713-869-SPCA.
If you live in an area threatened by storm surge - an EVACUATION ZONE - discuess evacuation plans with your family. Check with city or country officials to find out if your home is an evacuation zone.
Here are some links to helpful resources including an evacuation map for Harris County:
Harris County Evacuation Map - www.hcoem.org/HCMap.aspx
Houston Transtar Hurricane Evacuation Route Map - traffic.houstontranstar.org/weather/hurricane_evac.html
Zip Code Evacuation Map - http://www.hcoem.org/Documents/EvacuationMap.pdf
Make a checklist of preparations to be made before an evacuation and go over it with your family. Review it again when a storm is in the Gulf of Mexico.
If you plan to stay in a hotel or motel, make reservations and confirm your reservations before you leave. If you plan to stay in a shelter, bring what you need to be comfortable, including bedding and toys for kids. To stay updated on a list of shelters, visit www.houstonredcross.org/
Dial 2-1-1 to register if you have special health care needs or if you simply do not have transportation: Gulf coast residents in evacuations zones with special health care needs -- who do not have friends or family to help -- should register in advance for a ride by dialing 2-1-1 in advance. Residents with no other transporation can register for a ride in advance by dialing 2-1-1.
WHAT TO DO DURING A HURRICANE IF YOU PLAN TO STAY HOME
If you plan on staying home during a hurricane, you should:
Here are some links that contain helpful information about staying at home:
WHAT TO DO AFTER THE STORM
Here are some tips on what to do after a hurricane:
For more guidance, visit these websites:
American Red Cross - www.redcross.org/museum/prepare_org/basic/afthurr.htm
FEMA - www.fema.gov/rebuild/recover/after.shtm