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Supply List for Those Returning to Flooded Homes
Many of Terrebonne residents will be all too familiar about what people might need after a flood to help the recovery on an individual or family level. Below is a list of items that Texas A & M developed to assist people during and after a storm. If anyone is unsure what to provide locally or send to Houston or our western Parishes, this list may be useful in deciding what to buy if sending money to an aid entity isn’t preferred.
If gas is leaking or the power lines are damaged, do not enter the home. Returning to a home after a flood or damaging storm, people will need items for cleaning up and making minor repairs as well as personal items.
Air freshener, 8- or 9-ounce can
Bleach, 82 ounces
Bucket, 5-gallon, with lid
Cleaner, household, 12- to 16-ounce bottle
Clothes pins, 50
Clothesline, 100 feet
Detergent, liquid laundry, 50 ounces
Disinfectant dish soap, 16- to 28-ounce bottle
Gloves, latex, 2 pairs
Gloves, work, 1 pair
Masks, N-95 rating, 5
Scouring pads, 5
Towels, cleaning, 18
Trash bags, heavy-duty, 33- to 45-gallon, 24-bag roll
First aid kit:
First aid booklet
Gloves, sterile, 2 pairs
Ointments, antibiotic and burn
Sunscreen, SPF 30
Insect repellent that contains DEET
Personal hygiene items:
Hand sanitizer, alcohol based
Water (at least 1 gallon per person per day)
Sturdy shoes (with toes and hard soles)
Tarp, to cover roof damage or use as an outdoor shade
Chain saw for clearing trees
Hammer and nails
Food and snacks:
If there is no running water, buy foods that require little or no water in preparation. Choose low-salt foods to help minimize thirst.
Many foods need no cooking—breakfast cereal, granola bars, cookies, crackers, jerky, ready-to-eat meats in cans or pouches, canned vegetables, peanut butter, trail mix, canned meals such as spaghetti/pasta, canned infant formula, and baby/toddler foods in jars.
Hard candy will help keep the mouth moist if water supplies are limited.
Buy nonperishable (dry) foods for pets.
Food storage and preparation supplies:
Manual can opener
Metal pans and cooking utensils for cooking on a fire or grill
Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
Plastic forks, knives, and spoons
Paper napkins and plates
Storage bags for food
Garbage bags for disposing of trash
Ice chest—ice will probably be available at an emergency supply distribution center
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