How to Secure Important Personal Documents During Emergencies

October 3, 2018, by Tami

Document Storage Bags Available from United Way of Southwest Louisiana

UWSWLA-Disaster-Response-Bags.jpgThe waterproof storage bags are 12” x 16” and can be picked up at United Way of Southwest Louisiana.

LAKE CHARLES, LA, October 3 – A partnership between United Way of Southwest Louisiana and Entergy Louisiana will provide free family disaster bags to the community. The storage bags can be picked up on weekdays at the United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s Headquarters at 815 Ryan Street in downtown Lake Charles between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm.

Locating and preparing your family's essential documents before a natural disaster is an often overlooked step in the hectic preparation process. Emergency personnel emphasize how critical it is to have documentation such as financial, identification, insurance, keys and prescriptions.

The disaster bags have a list of documents that are needed in the clean-up and recovery process. United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s emergency helpline, 2-1-1, contact information is included to help you obtain local information in the case of an evacuation.

Businesses and organizations can contact United Way about preparing a package of bags for employees or volunteers. Call 337.433.1088 for more information on the program.

For more information on United Way of Southwest Louisiana, visit or call 337.433.1088.