If you are from New Orleans, you know we have 4 seasons: Football Season, Carnival Season, Festival Season, and Hurricane Season. As we approach the height of hurricane season it is important to make sure your family is ready! This blog provides 5 tips to help you get prepared!
1. Make a Plan
When it comes to bad weather planning is key! Be sure to make an evacuation plan with your family. You can start by researching evacuation routes, pack an emergency kit, and make special arrangements for vulnerable populations such as disabled persons, infants, or the elderly.
2. Stay in the Know!
Keep an eye on local and national news to stay informed on storm track updates, school and city closures, as well as local shelter and traveling information.
3. Stock Up
Be sure your home is equip with batteries, flashlights, non-perishable food items, a first aid kit, and bottled water at the least. These materials will be essential in the instance of unexpected power loss.
4. Secure your property
In the rush of preparing for severe weather, it's easy to forget to properly secure important documents and property. In the case of an emergency, be sure to lock up your important documents in in a fireproof, watertight container, or take them with you. In addition, try to photograph or scan important documents like driver’s licenses, social security cards, passports, prescriptions, tax statements and other legal papers for safekeeping on a secure and preferably encrypted device.
5. Don't Wait, Evacuate!
Lastly, do not wait to evacuate if your area's officials issues a mandatory evacuation order. If you think you may need assistance evacuating, please visit http://evacuteer.org/ or nola.ready.gov for city-assisted evacuation information.
For more helpful information on severe weather and local resources, please visit the following links: