My mom is from Lower Plaquemines Parish. During hurricane season, that’s an automatic evacuation when things start getting active in the Gulf. For most residents of Jefferson Parish however, hurricane season can be hit or miss. Most years, nothing much happens. Then some years, we get hit pretty hard. Either way, hurricane preparation is something you should do every year, no matter what the experts predict.
Hurricane Preparation Tips
Before a Storm Hits
Don’t wait until there’s a disturbance in the Gulf. Start getting things ready NOW so you don’t have to fight crowds and empty shelves at go time. Here are some ways to get ready:
- Stock up on water and non perishables. You should plan to use a gallon a day of drinking water per person per day. Have enough food to last at least a week. You’ll never know when stores or restaurants will be open after a storm.
- Get together all your important papers such as birth certificates and social security cards. Place them in containers that you can easily grab when evacuating.
- Buy batteries, candles, and lighters in bulk. You also want to make sure you have supplies to board your windows, or at least masking tape to put across them.
- When a storm is approaching, put a container of ice cubes in the freezer. If you have a solid block of ice when you return, your freezer was off too long and you need to throw out your food.
- For more pre-storm preparations, visit Northshore Parent.
During a Storm
Sometimes evacuation is not possible. If you decide to wait out the storm at home, try to keep these things in mind.
- Stay indoors. Winds can become dangerous rather quickly.
- Keep away from windows. Flying debris can become projectiles and shatter glass.
- While you still have power, keep your phones charged at all times.
- Cara has more ideas for riding out a storm.
After a Storm
After a storm has passed, you may have cabin fever and want to return home or get out of the house, if you stayed home. Please use caution.
- Don’t go driving around. There may be downed trees and powerlines that pose danger.
- Keep the radio on. You’ll want to know if the water is safe to drink.
- If you lost power long enough, throw your food out right away before it starts to smell.
- I have some other tips that might help after a storm.
The most important thing in hurricane season is to stay safe. Let your instincts guide you in the best decisions for your family.