Hurricane prep list

Hurricane Delta was entering the Gulf of Mexico as of its 10 a.m. EDT update.
Hurricane Delta was entering the Gulf of Mexico as of its 10 a.m. EDT update.(Source: National Hurricane Center)
Updated: Oct. 7, 2020 at 12:30 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - With Hurricane Delta approaching the Louisiana coast, now is the time to get prepared.

Here is a list of things to do and items to get together before the storm arrives.

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

· In case of power loss at ATMs, withdraw cash before the storm.

· Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)

· Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food), ready-to-eat canned meats, canned fruits and canned vegetables, bread, high-energy foods – peanut butter, nuts, trail mix and dried fruits, for example

· Non-electric can opener

· Toilet paper, paper towels, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils

· Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

· Flashlight

· Extra batteries

· Battery-powered lantern

· Extra fuel for generator and car

· Whistle (to signal for help)

· Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)

· Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)

· Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)

· Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)

· Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

· Paper, pens, pencils

· Soap, feminine supplies and other personal hygiene items including denture needs

· Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes, footwear and a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member

· Protective clothing, rainwear

· Matches in a waterproof container

· Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Important Papers and Identification (store in waterproof container)

· 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

Prescriptions and Non-prescription Medications

· Prescription medications for all family members (at least a 7 to 10-day supply)

· A list of all prescription medications, including dosage amounts and times

· Prescription eyeglasses, contacts and contact lens solution

· Non-prescription medications – Acetaminophen and ibuprofen pain relievers, antacid, antidiarrheal medication, laxatives

First Aid Kit

· Band-Aids (assorted sizes)

· Antibiotic ointment

· Hydrocortisone

· Antihistamine for allergic reactions

· Epi-Pen for those with allergies

· Antiseptic wipes

· Disposable cold packs

· Gauze pads (assorted sizes)

· Roller gauze

· Surgical tape to secure gauze

· Elastic bandage (like an Ace bandage)

· Oral thermometer

· Cotton balls and cotton swabs

· Sunscreen

· Insect repellant


· Formula

· Diapers, wipes, diaper cream

· Bottles

· Powdered milk

· Extra bottled water

· Medications

· Pedialyte

· Thermometer

· Portable Crib

· A wrap, carrier or stroller

· Extra clothes

Special Needs

· Glasses

· Hearing aids

· Catheters

· Augmentative and alternative communication devices

· Cane

· Wheelchair

· Scooter

· Walker

· Dressing aids

· Oxygen

· Tubing

· Feeding supplies

· Emergency health information and emergency contacts

· Also keep a list of the type and serial numbers of medical devices you need.


· Do not leave your pets behind. If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets.

· Identification tag with name, phone number and medical needs. Have a picture of your pet in case you’re separated.

· A week’s supply of food, water, medications, cat litter

· Food and water bowls

· Pet carrier, leash or harness

· Bags for pet waste

· Veterinarian contact information

· Ahead of time, find pet-friendly hotels in case of evacuation.

· Locate nearby boarding facilities if you’re evacuating to a shelter where pets aren’t allowed. Bring medical records. Facilities may require proof of up-to-date vaccinations.

· Ask out-of-town family or friends if they’d be willing to care for your pets.

· Treats and toys

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