In southern Louisiana, we’re no strangers to frequent storms and bad weather. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to being prepared. You never know when it will hit! Here are some tips directly from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and the Department of Homeland Security to prepare for storm season:
- Gather Information. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind, and keep up with the National Weather Service alerts. Know the difference between types of watches and warnings, and keep a list of emergency contacts on hand.
- Plan & Take Action. Put together a disaster supply kit, including food, water, a first aid kit, a flashlight, toiletries and any essential medications for you, your family and your pets. Make a plan and talk it out with your entire family - especially what to do should you be separated.
- Prepare Your Home. Remove or secure any loose outdoor furniture, gutters, branches or debris to avoid unnecessary damage, and cover all of your home’s windows with plywood or storm shutters. Purchase a portable generator should you lose power during a storm in which you are staying home.
- Have an Evacuation Plan. If you’re told to evacuate, do so immediately. Have a list of friends and family who have available space for you should this situation arise. Have bags packed and ready to go with clothes, toiletries, phone chargers, essentials and a lock box of valuables (birth certificates, social security card, passports, wills, property documents, etc.).
- Calm After the Storm. Stay up-to-date with local officials for updates and instructions, especially if you were required to evacuate. Check in with family and friends. Watch out for debris and downed power lines, and avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Photograph any damage to your property, and contact your insurance agency.
For more detailed information or examples of family emergency kits and plans, please visit NWS.NOAA.GOV.
Storm Prep Tool Checklist:
- Gas Cans
- Duct Tape