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DSHS Provides Health-Related Evacuation Suggestions – Gustav

News Release
August 30, 2008

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has issued the following checklist of health-related items people should take with them in the event of evacuation ahead of Hurricane Gustav.

Items include:

  • Birth certificates
  • Immunization records for children and adults
  • Driver license, passports or other photo ID and Social Security cards
  • Health insurance cards and policies
  • Prescription medications and containers
  • Any unfilled written prescriptions
  • List of medications taken by family members
  • Three- to five-day supply of water (one gallon of water per person per day)
  • Three- to five-day supply of canned and other non-perishable foods
  • Special foods for diabetics and others with special dietary needs
  • Baby food, formula, diapers and other supplies for infants
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Hand-operated can opener
  • Water-purifier, such as unscented chlorine bleach or iodine tablets
  • Soap, toothpaste, tissue and other personal hygiene supplies
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Disposable cleaning cloths or wipes
  • First aid kit
  • Extra eyeglasses, contacts and solutions
  • Sleeping bags or blankets, sheets, pillows
  • Road maps, cell phone and charger.

DSHS officials also encourage people to notify a designated family member about evacuation plans and to follow all evacuation orders. More information is available online at www.dshs.state.tx.us and www.TexasPrepares.org.


(News Media: For more information, contact Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7400.)

Last updated November 22, 2010