Mardi Gras


Physical Address
705 W. University Avenue
Lafayette, LA 70506

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 4017-C
Lafayette, LA 70502


For a complete hurricane preparedness checklist, click here.

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