11 Things to Include in Your Disaster Supply Kit

There’s an app for that! September is National Preparedness Month – is your disaster supply kit ready? The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) advises that your plan should include a disaster supply kit with enough non-perishable food and water to last seven to ten days. Below are other essential items to include:

  1. Copies of insurance papers and identification sealed in a watertight plastic bag
  2. First-aid kit
  3. NOAA weather radio and batteries
  4. Mobile phone and charger
  5. Prescription medicines
  6. Sleeping bag or blankets
  7. Clothing
  8. Personal hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and deodorant
  9. Essential supplies for infants and the medically fragile
  10. Cash or checkbook
  11. Pet supplies including food, water, leashes, bedding, and vaccination records

Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that is familiar and easy to find and practice your plan. If you live in an evacuation zone, locate recommended evacuation routes and follow instructions from local authorities. To determine if your home is located in an evacuation zone, check the Zip Zone Evacuation Map (

If you need help creating a plan, download the free ReadyHarris app ( from the App Store or Google Play. The ReadyHarris app provides a step-by-step guide to building a personalized family disaster plan, offers tip sheets, maps evacuation routes, delivers real time weather alerts and locates local emergency services.

It is important to stay informed before, during and after a hurricane. Sign up to receive weather and emergency alerts at and closely monitor news media. Local officials will provide information about current conditions, evacuations and re-entry. Residents can also follow HCOHSEM on Facebook (/ReadyHarris) and Twitter (@ReadyHarris).

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