Severe Storm Needs

As we face our annual severe weather and hurricane season, here is a basic checklist to make sure you have all you and your family need to weather a severe storm.

Your SIG Severe Weather Checklist

 ID and money

  • A form of personal identification for every household member
  • Credit card(s)
  • Cash (in a water tight bag)

Emergency supplies

  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Whistle and signal flares to signal for help
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries

Communication tools

  • Charged mobile devices
  • Portable phone charger
  • A local weather map app
  • Battery-powered radio or television
  • NOAA All Hazards Radio
  • Map of the area and phone numbers of places you could go

Food and household items

  • One gallon of water per person per day for 3-5 days
  • Three-day supply of canned food
  • Infant formula
  • Manual can opener
  • Plastic plates, cups, and utensils
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags

Personal hygiene items

  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Soaps and hand sanitizer
  • Vision care products


  • First-aid kit and first-aid manual
  • Make sure you have enough prescription medicines to outlast a storm and its aftermath

Pet items

  • Pet carriers and other supplies
  • Medications, medical records and a first-aid kit in a waterproof container
  • Secure collars with up-to-date information. If you are evacuating to a shelter or other location, attach the phone number and location of your temporary address to the back of your pet’s ID tags with temporary tags or adhesive tape and indelible ink.
  • Current photos in case pets are lost
  • Food, water, bowls, cat litter pan and manual can opener
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets

We hope this checklist is helpful in making sure you and your family have your basic needs covered if we are faced with a severe storm that impacts our communities of East Texas this storm season.