Hurricane Harvey prep: Don’t forget to grab these essentials

2:02 p.m Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 Things to Do
Contributed by Nancy Auber. Head to the store as soon as possible to stock up on nonperishable food items (your excuse to eat some junk food!) and other essentials.

With Hurricane Harvey storming toward the Texas coast, many of us are going to be hunkered down indoors all weekend. Austin won’t have it as badly as areas along the coast, notably Corpus Christi — but weather forecasts are predicting that we’re still in for lots of rain, anywhere from 6 to 12 inches Friday through Tuesday. 

That means we’re going to need proper storm supplies for a weekend at home. If you haven’t already made a run to the grocery store, here are the essentials you’ll need, especially if the power goes out.

Bottled water: This one’s important. HEB stores are reportedly chaotic, but our food writer Addie Broyles was at Whole Foods this morning and noted that it was business as usual there. For a more low-key time stocking up on water, it might be worth heading to your closest Whole Foods location.

Batteries: If the power goes out, you’ll need these for flashlights, a battery-operated radio and battery-operated clock — which are all necessary as well.

Essential kits and medications: Keep a first-aid kit and emergency kit on hand and make sure you aren’t running low on any prescription medication. Not sure what to keep in the kits? Here’s a basic run-down.

Coolers with ice: All the perishable items in the refrigerator will go bad if the electricity remains kaput for an extended period of time, so having a couple of coolers filled with ice or ice packs on standby for the food you don’t want to have to throw away isn’t a bad idea. 

Booze: Cooped up and possibly without power for a whole weekend in your house? Um, alcohol is a must. On your grocery store run, make sure to pick up a six-pack (or two or three) of beer. Or, even better, make a pit stop to any Twin Liquors, which is having its 80th anniversary dollar sale through Saturday this week with insanely good deals on its wine and spirits.

Toilet paper: Goes without saying, really.

Child care and pet care items: Make sure you’re well stocked up on items like diapers, food, clean clothes and anything else your kids and pets might need.

Entertainment: Speaking of things the whole family might need, count books, drawing pads and games on that list. If the power’s out, we’ll all have to revert to those still oh-so-good, old-school ways of keeping ourselves entertained.

Got an old portable CD player and CDs? Those might be worth digging out and firing up with a couple of the batteries you purchased. (I survived 16 days of no power following Hurricane Rita with my beloved Sony Walkman. RIP, Sony Walkman.)

Cash: Have at least $20 on hand in small denominations just in case.

Waterproof containers: In case, god forbid, your house floods, have some waterproof containers handy to store important documents like passports, driver’s licenses, your marriage license, family photos, etc. 

Although this isn’t something you can buy at the store, make sure you and your family are prepped on an emergency/evacuation plan in the event of flooding as well.

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