Make an Emergency Kit

  1. Assemble your kit in a water tight container that you can easily move when filled. Use two containers if one container is too large or heavy.
  2. Store your kit in a place that is readily accessible. Some people find it a good idea to keep a smaller kit in the car.
  3. Include first aid supplies, such as bandages, antiseptic solution, antibiotic cream, and common medication.
  4. Stash cash in your emergency kit. Banks and ATMs are likely to close during an emergency.
  5. Place a battery-operated flashlight and radio in your kit, along with plenty of batteries. Check the batteries every year to make sure they are fresh.
  6. Don’t forget to include copies of important personal and financial documents, such as deeds, insurance policies, birth certificates and photo identification.
  7. Make sure that you have enough water and dry or canned food to last each person in your family for three days. You will need one gallon of water per person per day.
  8. Place prescription medications, medical devices, eyeglasses, and special supplies needed for children, the elderly or pets.
  9. Pack items you will need if you have you have to stay away from home overnight, such as blankets and a change of clothes.
  10. Include plenty of toilet paper, soap and other hygiene items.
  11. Take a list of phone numbers and addresses for friends, family and business including your bank and insurance company.
  12. Include games, books, and toys to help you and your family relieve stress of an emergency situation.

Hacer una Caja de Emergencia

  1. Arregle su caja en un recipiente repelente al agua con facilidad de moverse aún cuando esté llena. Use dos cajas si una esta muy pesada.
  2. Mantenga su caja en un lugar rápidamente accesible. Algunas personas creen conveniente mantener una caja parecida pero pequeña en el coche.
  3. Incluya medicinas comunes, vendas, soluciones antisépticas, y cremas antibióticas.
  4. Tenga dinero en su caja de emergencias. Es muy probable que los bancos y cajeros electrónicos cierren en caso de emergencias.
  5. Tenga una linterna (foco de mano) de batería y un radio en su caja, junto con suficientes baterías. Revise las baterías cada año y asegúrese que funcionen.
  6. No olvide incluir copias de documentos personales o financieros que sean importantes, como títulos, pólizas de seguros, certificados de nacimiento, e identificación con foto.
  7. Incluya suficiente agua y comida enlatada para cada persona en su familia, suficiente para tres días. Se necesita un galón de agua por persona por cada día.
  8. Ponga medicinas recetadas, aparatos médicos, lentes y necesidades especiales para los niños, ancianos, o animales.
  9. Empaque cosas que necesitará si tiene que estar fuera de su casa por varios días, como colchas o unos cambios de ropa. Incluye papel del baño, jabón, y otros artículos higiénicos.
  10. Lleve una lista de teléfonos y direcciones de sus familiares, amigos y negocios incluyendo su banco, y compañía de seguros.
  11. Incluya juegos, libros, y juguetes para ayudar a su familia sentir menos estrés.

After the Disaster: Replacing Lost or Damaged Documents

Disasters such as floods and tornadoes commonly result in the loss of important documents, but Texans who lost official and important papers have ways to replace them:

SNAP Card (Food Stamps):
Phone: 800-777-7328
Website:https://hhs.texas.gov/services/financial/lone-star-card

Green Cards:
Phone: 800-375-5283
Website: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-green-card-granted/replace-green-card

State of Texas Birth and death certificates:
Phone: 888-963-7111
Website: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/reqproc/default.shtm

Texas Driver License:
Phone: 512-424-2600
Website: https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/replace.htm

Bank Checks, ATM/Debit Cards, or Safe Deposit Boxes:
Phone: 877-275-3342
Website: www.fdic.gov

Credit Cards: Contact the issuing institution.

American Express: 800-992-3404 www.americanexpress.com/us/help/lost-stolen-card.html
Discover: 800-347-2683  www.discover.com/credit-cards/help-center/
Master Card: 800-622-7747  www.mastercard.com/cgi-bin/emergserv.cgi
Visa: 800-847-2911 cis.visa.com/en_TJ/pay-with-visa/security-and-assistance/lost-your-card.html

Credit Reports: Equifax, Experian or TransUnion
Phone: 877-322-8228
Website:  www.annualcreditreport.com

Social Security Card:
Phone: 800-772-1213
Website: www.ssa.gov

Medicare Cards:
Phone: 800-772-1213
Website: www.socialsecurity.gov/medicarecard/

Passport:
Phone: TTY 888-874-7793 or 1-877-487-2778
Website: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/lost-stolen.html

U.S. Savings Bonds:
Phone: 800-722-2678 or 800-553-2663
Website: https://www.treasurydirect.gov/

Tax Returns:
Phone: 800-829-1040
Website: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506.pdf

Military Records:
Phone: 866-272-6272
Website: www.archives.gov/veterans

Vehicle Titles:
Phone: 888-368-4689
Website: https://txdmv.gov/motorists/buying-or-selling-a-vehicle/get-a-copy-of-your-title

Insurance Documents:
Phone: Check with your own insurance agent

Real Estate and Property Records (Mortgage Documents, Deeds, etc.):
Phone: Contact your own agent
Website: https://propertydeeds.org/

Medical and Prescription Records:
Call your own doctor; medical and prescription records are tracked electronically.

Replace a Texas Marriage Record or Certificate:
Website: General https://www.dshs.texas.gov/Vital_Statistics/Verification_of_a_Marriage_or_Divorce.aspx
Website: Issuing Clerk of Court https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/field/localremotedistrict.shtm

Proof of Address/Residency:
Website: https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/internetforms/Forms/DL-57.pdf

National Archives Records:
Website: General https://www.archives.gov/research
Website: Saving family records https://www.archives.gov/preservation/disaster-response/guidelines.html

NOTE: FEMA does not endorse any specific products or services. Information provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency

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