Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness - State of LouisianaSince 1990, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emgergency Preparedness has coordinated several hundred State Disaster Declarations authorized under the Governor's signature. The GOHSEP staff is poised and ready to serve the people of Louisiana at a moment’s notice.
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Family Plan STEP 1: Put Together An Emergency Kit
Step 1 - Put Together An Emergency KitStep 2 - Make PreparationsStep 3 - Stay Informed

Be sure to include these items:
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Bottled water (At least three gallons of water per person)
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Battery-powered lantern
  • First aid kit and essential medications-prescription medications and list of medications for each person
  • Form of Identification
  • Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide (click here to download)
  • Canned food and non-electric can opener
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • High energy foods - peanut butter, jelly, crackers, etc
  • Vitamins
  • Utility knife, shut off wrench, and pliers
  • Tape
  • Compass
  • Paper and pencils
  • Extra pair of glasses and sunglasses
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Soap
  • Personal items
  • Plastic garbage bag and ties
  • Pet food
  • Protective clothing, rainwear
  • 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.)
Important papers to take with you in a portable, 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