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DSHS Issues Health-Related Tips in Case Evacuation Needed


News Release
August 17, 2007

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

DSHS officials stressed that the release of the list does not mean that any evacuation orders or recommendations have been issued at this time.

Items that people evacuating should take with them are:

  • 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 remind the public not to use flames or lighted tobacco products around people who are using pressurized oxygen.



Note to Editors: more DSHS hurricane-related health information online
at www.dshs.state.tx.us/preparedness/hurricanes.shtm

(News Media: for more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7524.)

Last updated February 07, 2011