Disaster Supply Kit

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Store all items in a waterproof container.

WATER: One gallon per person per day for 2 weeks

NON-PERISHABLE FOOD: Make sure to pack a manual can opener and eating utensils.
  • 2-week supply  of ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Canned juices
  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Vitamins
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Canned soups
  • Instant coffee, tea or cocoa
  • Powdered drink mixes
  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk or powdered milk
  • Food for infants, including bottles for formula

CLOTHING: Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person. Include rain gear and sturdy shoes or work boots, as well as sunglasses and hats and gloves.

FIRST AID SUPPLIES:
  • Bandages
  • Antiseptic
  • Tape
  • Compresses
  • Non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Be sure to bring any prescription medications with you (including asthma inhalers).
  • Ask your doctor about medications that require special storage (ex. insulin).
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eye glasses and/or hearing aid batteries
  • List of prescription medications (including dosages). Include any allergies.

BEDDING: Especially if traveling to a shelter, bring enough bedding (sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, sheets, etc.) for each person in your party. Most shelters cannot supply enough cots for all evacuees.

OTHER TOOLS AND EMERGENCY SUPPLIES:
  • Emergency manual
  • Flashlight + extra batteries
  • Cell phone wall + vehicle charger
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Utility knife
  • Duct tape
  • Matches in waterproof box
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Battery-operated radio
    Radio is often the first media outlet to come back after a storm, and official updates and announcements are usually transmitted via radio.
  • Mosquito repellant / citronella candles
  • Camera and film + batteries
  • Coolers for food and ice
  • Personal Hygiene Items
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    • Soap & shampoo, etc.
    • Toilet paper, paper towels, towelettes
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Also pack sufficient supplies for infants in your party (diapers, wipes, etc.)
  • Money (cash or traveler’s checks)
    • Because electricity may be unavailable for an extended period of time, making the use of credit cards problematic, keep a sufficient amount of cash or traveler's checks on hand.
    • If evacuating to a shelter, keep small bills or rolls of quarters on hand for vending machines.
  • Fire extinguisher - Small canister ABC type
  • Paper cups, plates, utensils
  • DOTD LA highway map
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Needles and thread
  • Pliers
  • Signal flare
  • Paper and pencil
  • Medicine dropper
  • Water purification - chlorine tablets, iodine

SPECIAL ITEMS: Infant and medical supplies, supplies for elderly or disabled, 2-week supply of prescription medicines

ENTERTAINMENT: Games and books

IDENTIFICATION & IMPORTANT FAMILY DOCUMENTS: Important papers should be kept in a waterproof, portable container (like a resealable plastic bag).
  • Driver's License or proper identification.
    In case of disaster, you may need these to re-enter the Parish to assess your property.
    Also have copies of your insurance policies available for damage assessment purposes.
  • Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Passports, social security cards and immunization records
  • Copies of medical insurance and Medicare cards
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card account numbers and company addresses
  • Inventory of valuable household goods and important telephone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)