It’s June 1, 2011! You know what that means in South Louisiana…the official start of Hurricane Season. Our 5th season of the year.
Let’s start gathering our supplies so that we will be ready to either leave at a moments notice or ride out the days of no electricity…
Important papers to put in a waterproof container and take with you if you have to evacuate:
- Driver’s License or Personal Identification
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Insurance information (Health/Home/Car)
- Recent tax returns
- Stocks, bonds and deeds
- Proof of residence (deed/mortgage/lease)
Start putting together a family emergency kit. This will be something that will either help you ride out the days of no electricity:
- Keep at least 3 gallons of water per person. If you have an extra freezer, we like to fill our milk jugs and freeze them. This will help keep your freezer cool and also act as extra water when it thaws.
- Make sure you have a NON-ELECTRIC can opener! This caught me off guard one year! I had plenty of can food but forgot about having to open it with no electricity.
- Another thing I failed to think of one year… Paper towels and toilet paper! If electricity is out for a while, it may be hard to get to the stores.
- Don’t forget the babies! Diapers, wipes, formula, baby food
- Don’t forget your pets! Make sure you have plenty of extra water for them and food as well.
- Gather all your medications. You may be able to get extra refills on some of these so that you don’t run out.
- FOOD! Gather high energy foods like peanut butter, crackers, nuts, etc. Try to avoid overprocessed, high sugar foods.
These are just a few of the things that may slip your mind when scrambling to get prepared. This year, lets all vow to do as much preparation as possible. Get one of the plastic containers and store your things in there. Just in case.
The Governors Office of Homeland Security has an awesome site. You may want to take some time to check it out. http://getagameplan.org
The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in East Baton Rouge also has a great website. www.RedStickReady.com
I hope we have a quiet season and I pray that you all remain safe and sound.