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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Gather Supplies

Emergency Kit Supplies:

Every family should have an Emergency Kit ready with all essentials needed to shelter somewhere for at least three days.  This includes sheltering in your own homeNot all emergencies require evacuation, but many can keep you in your home for several days at a time, due to power outages, road closures or street flooding. 

Kits should be updated at the start of each hurricane season, and ideally updated twice a year, at daylight savings time.  Check food expiration dates, update medicines and ensure you have supplies for at least three days in a state or Federal shelter. The supplies for your kit should be easily accessible, and each member of the family should be able to locate the emergency kit in the case of an emergency.  Kits should include:

  • Batteries & Battery-powered radio
  • Bottled water (At least one gallon of water per person per day - minimum three gallons of water per person)
  • Iodine tablets (only to be used to disinfect water if directed by health officials) 
  • First aid kit & essential medications
  • Flashlights
  • Evacuation route map (Official Louisiana Hurricane Survival Guide
  • High energy non-perishable foods, such as peanut butter, and/or ready-to-eat eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables 
  • Non-electric can opener 
  • Plastic garbage bag and ties
  • Vitamins
  • Utility knife, shut off wrench, and pliers
  • Duct tape, paper and pencils
  • Extra pair of glasses and sunglasses
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes, footwear and a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
  • Car keys and keys to the place you may be going (friend's or relative's home)
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)
  • Pet food
  • Protective clothing, rain gear
  • Prescription medications, at least a week supply's worth, and a complete list of medications for each person in your household

To Go Bag

Each member of the family, including pets, should have a sturdy bag with supplies for their individual needs in case of evacuation. Do not pack supplies in black garbage bags. Use canvas bags, backpacks, or with other materials that will hold up across travel when possible. These bags should include:

  • Change of clothing and undergarments for at least three days, including layers of warm clothing and rain gear
  • Portable non-perishable food such as energy or granola bars
  • Soap, deodorant, toothbrush and other personal hygiene items
  • Vitamins, medicines, and/or prescription medicines, including a list of what kind, dosages, reason for taking, and prescription schedule. You should prepare as though you will be away from your regular pharmacy or medical supplies for at least a week's time.
  • Extra glasses or contact lenses
  • First Aid kit or supplies
  • Child care or other specialized supplies
  • Contact and meeting place for your family, including phone numbers, and a small regional map
  • Adults: extra credit card or ATM cards and cash, in small denominations, an extra set of house and/or car keys
  • Copies of all important documents, in waterproof, transportable container

Documents & Papers

There are a number of important papers you will want to take copies of with you in a portable, waterproof container.  These include:

  • Driver's license or personal identification
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
  • Insurance policies
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Stocks, bonds and other negotiable certificates
  • Wills, deeds, and copies of recent tax returns
  • Your child(ren)'s school contact information and school/ID
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Last updated: 6/2/2016 2:50:15 PM

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