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News Release
September 20, 2005

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

  • Birth certificates
  • Immunization records for children and adults
  • Driver license or other photo ID
  • 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
  • Manual 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

DSHS officials also are encouraging people to honor any evacuation orders.

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( News media: Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7524.)

Last updated August 09, 2010