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.

  • 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.

  • 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)