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Essential Items to Pack in a Hurricane Go-bag

Those living in Southeast Louisiana are quite familiar with monitoring storms during hurricane season, and, unfortunately, their potential devastation. When the threat of a hurricane requires emergency evacuation, it is crucial to establish a planned route and have a hurricane go-bag packed and ready for the entire family.

FEMA suggests packing the following items in a hurricane go-bag:

  • One gallon of water per person per day, for at least three days
  • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, with a can opener if you are including canned food
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio, a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle, to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape, for sheltering in place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation needs
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Other items to include, if there is space:

  • Prescription medication, contact lenses, and prescription glasses
  • Important documents in a waterproof container: birth certificates, identification, insurance information, bank account information, immunization records, and any documents you might need if you lose access to your phone and/or computer
  • Cash (at least $500; recommend $1,500)
  • Diapers and infant formula for babies
  • Toys and games for older children
  • Sleeping bag and/or warm blanket/Mylar emergency blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing for each person, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes
  • Hats to keep head and neck protected from sun/rain
  • Water purification tablets or household chlorine bleach and a medicine dropper. To use bleach as a disinfectant: Dilute nine parts water to one part bleach. To use bleach as an emergency water treatment, put 16 drops into each gallon of water.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches or a Bic lighter, in a waterproof container
  • Personal hygiene items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, tampons or pads, soap, shampoo, etc.
  • Mess kits, paper cups/plates, plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Chargers for electronic devices, backup cell phone if owned, digital backup of photos and videos of personal property

It is never too early to pack an emergency go-bag for your family in preparation for hurricane season. Educating others about the importance of preparedness helps ensure safety and awareness within your community. If you have a passion for helping your community and want to continue to make an impact, explore your career options with a Master of Professional Studies in Emergency Management degree from the Tulane School of Professional Advancement. Request more information about our flexible programs.

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