Of course, no one can control the weather but having a plan in place in case of disaster is the most effective way to protect yourself, loved ones, and your family’s home.
We’ll review the foundations of solid hurricane season preparation and let you know how you can best assist those affected by the recent flooding.
How to Help Flood Victims
The flooding crisis has left tens of thousands of Louisiana residents stranded and seeking disaster assistance. Keeping the roads clear is a top priority for local police. At this time, online and physical donations are some of the best ways to help.
The following organizations are accepting donations and/or taking on volunteers:
- Volunteer Louisiana
- The American Red Cross
- The Salvation Army of Baton Rouge
- Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
- Rouses Market
- Companion Animal Alliance
Have a Plan
If you don’t have an evacuation plan for a weather emergency, now is the time to prepare. This tip is especially important who those who live in an evacuation zone. The top priority should always be to move yourself and family member to a safe area as soon as possible.
Additionally, make a list of safe places you and your family can meet up in case of an evacuation. Learn alternate routes outside your neighborhood and have a handful of potential destinations in mind in case of an emergency.
If a hurricane appears to be imminent, be sure to keep your car’s gas tank full and have a half of tank handy in case gas stations are shut down.
Make it a point to keep up with local news sources such as WWLTV and WDSU, the National Hurricane Center, and the National Weather Service for the most up-to-date information; ‘like’ them on Facebook for an easy way to keep connected.
Create an Emergency Contacts List
These days, we keep plenty of important information on our phones and computers. You never know when you’ll find your electronic devices low on battery when you need them the most. To be on the safe side, keep digital and hard copies of your emergency contacts list.
On your list, be sure to include numbers and addresses for:
- Family and friends (especially any you may stay with in case of an emergency)
- Local hospitals and clinics
- City, state and government offices
- Law enforcement
- The Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness
- Your insurance agent
- Your utility company
Prepare On-Hand Supplies
If there’s one thing we can’t stress enough, it’s how important planning ahead truly is! Your emergency supply kit should include more than bandages. While it’ll take a bit more work to prepare all of the items, you’ll be glad you made the effort.
Remember you’ll need to adjust your supply kit depending on the number of individuals living in your home.
At the bare minimum, your kit should include:
- Complete first aid kit
- Flashlight with batteries
- Windup flashlight
- Hand crank or battery-operated radio
- 1 gallon of water for each person (1 gallon is enough for one day, 3+ day supply recommended)
- 3+ day supply of non-perishable food items
- Swiss-army knife
- Wrench, pliers, and screwdriver
- Paper towels
- Plastic bags
- Cell phones with backup chargers
Having a complete packet of supplies on hand will put your mind at ease and just may save a life.
Living in our beautiful section of Louisiana comes with its challenges, but there is nowhere we’d be happier raising our families & enjoying all our vibrant communities have to offer. If you’re thinking about finding the perfect place to call home, get in touch with one our experienced agents today!