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Hurricane supply list: What you'll need if a storm hits the Gulf Coast

Hurricane season is here. it's time to make sure you have everything you need in your hurricane kit.

HOUSTON -- It's expected to be another busy hurricane season.  

Here are some of the items you'll want to have on hand if a storm comes our way.


  • Water: at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3-7 days; also fill bathtub and other containers; Gatorade is good to fend off dehydration
  • Food: at least enough for 3-7 days; non-perishable packaged or canned food; juices; foods for infants or elderly family members; snack foods; food for special diets
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Cooking tools, fuel
  • Paper plates and cups, plastic utensils
  • Bedding: Blankets, Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing
  • Rain gear
  • Sturdy shoes
  • First aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, plastic gloves
  • Toiletries, hand sanitizer, hygiene items, moisture wipes, dry shampoo
  • Flashlights, extra batteries, lantern
  • Radio: Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
  • Telephones: Fully charged cell phone with extra battery; chargers; traditional (not cordless) telephone set
  • Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards: Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods if there's a power outage or heavy flooding.
  • Important documents: Place in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag; Should include insurance; medical records; bank account numbers; Social Security card; prescriptions; list of important phone numbers in case cell phone battery dies
  • Tools: Keep a set with you during the storm
  • Gas: Fill up your vehicles several days before landfall is expected; Gas stations could lose power during a storm and supply trucks may not be able to reach the area
  • Pet care items: Proper identification, immunization records, medications, ample supply of food and water; a carrier or cage; muzzle and/ or leash
  • Bleach without lemon or any other additives
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Keys
  • Toys, books and games for children
  • Duct tape
  • Face masks, hand sanitizer
  • Generator and fuel

The American Red Cross also has a hurricane safety checklist you can download here to prepare your family from danger.

“Put some patience in your hurricane kit, and then add a little bit of faith," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner advised. "Do a little bit of praying that it kind of stays to the east, and then I think your hurricane preparedness kit will be complete.”