Preparing for TS Barry: D.I.Y. Disaster Supply Kit

Updated: Jul. 12, 2019 at 7:52 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - In advance of Tropical Storm Barry, Ochsner Health System shared some helpful tips to prepare families before the emergency. Even if Barry moves east of northwest Louisiana, it’s important to have a disaster kit in case your family faces danger.

Dr. Whitney Hardy practices medicine at Ochsner West Bank in Gretna. She wrote a checklist of highly recommended supplies to add in your supply kit you need in case of an emergency:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person (pack a can opener if your kit contains canned food)
  • Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit (check that it’s stocked and restock as needed)
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
  • Moist towel (baby wipes), garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

You can also add the following list of supplies just in case:

  • Emergency reference materials such as a first aid book
  • Batteries for medical devices such as CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) machine, motorized wheelchairs, and insulin pumps
  • Medical device or infusion tubing
  • Sterile water if needed for medical device cleaning
  • Rain gear
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Cash
  • Paper towels
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Tent
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Signal flare
  • Paper and pencil
  • Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies
  • Disinfectant
  • Medicine dropper
  • Important Family Documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Unscented, color safe household chlorine bleach to use as a disinfectant (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency to treat water (16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water)

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