The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1st lasting through November 30th. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hurricane season outlook has been released, and calls for a more active than normal year.
Develop a plan with your household members that outlines what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate if a hurricane strikes.
CREATE AN EMERGENCY KIT
Have a 3 day supply for each person in your household.
Include water, non-perishable food, medication, cash, disinfectant supplies, personal hygiene items, personal identification and important documents, supplies for your children, and pet supplies in your kit.
PREPARE YOUR HOME
Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs.
Secure loose items and clear gutters.
Fuel your vehicles, generators, and gas cans. Consider purchasing a portable generator and additional gas cans.
Check your insurance coverage. Keep a copy with you - paper or electronic.
During a Hurricane
Follow Red Stick Ready on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Download the free Red Stick Ready app on your smartphone.
Text "REDSTICKREADY" to 225-243-9991 for updates.
Monitor your local weather radio and TV stations for the latest forecasts.
Visit redstickready.com for more information and preparedness tips.
After a Hurricane
Listen to authorities for information and special instructions.
It may take longer than usual to restore power and water if they are out. Take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning if you use a generator.
Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.
Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.
Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.
Document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.
Continue to use preventive actions to stay healthy, like washing your hands and wearing a face covering, during clean-up or when returning home.