Storm Preparation

Get Prepared Before a Storm Approaches

  • Designate an individual outside of the state to serve as a family point of contact. After a disaster, it's often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area.  Make sure that all family members know who this person is and how to contact him/her.  After a disaster or evacuation, all family members should make contact with the designated individual.
  • If you are in a mobile home, check your tie downs and evacuate immediately.
  • Make sure all windows are protected with shutters or plywood.
  • Store lightweight outdoor objects which could become airborne in high winds.
  • Make sure you have cash and your car has a full tank of gas, in case you must evacuate.
  • Anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
  • For drinking, fill food grade containers with water from your tap and place them in the refrigerator.
  • Maintain an adequate supply of prescription medication.
  • Place all valuables and records in waterproof containers, or take them with you.
  • Make arrangements for your pets. Animals other than service animals are not allowed in public shelters and many hotels and other evacuation locations do not accept pets either.  Call ahead to check.  Animal shelters are set up in various parts of the State on an "as needed basis.  Advice is available at www.lsart.org (Louisiana State Animal Response Team).  Create a disaster readiness kit for your animals that includes food, water, first aid supplies, feeding supplies and other items that will keep your animal comfortable for at least 3-5 days. 
  • Hurricanes often bring flooding. Prepare your home accordingly.