In the aftermath of recent floods around the state and with hurricane season under way, LSU AgCenter Disaster Programs Coordinator Pat Skinner encourages residents not to find themselves saying, "I wish I had…" after a disaster strikes. In hindsight, it’s easy to wish you had:
• Put a flashlight in the car.
• Bought some extra batteries.
• Filled some containers with water.
• Not eaten the last three cans of tuna.
• A radio
Reflecting on Louisiana’s experience with hurricanes and floods, Skinner says, "We know these precautions, we’ve seen the emergency supplies lists, but still, we, too, get caught short."
The disaster programs coordinator adds, "And then, on top of not having power or food and water, we feel bad about our lack of foresight."
But there’s more to preparing your home for a power outage than having flashlights, radios, batteries and food and water, Skinner points out.
She says the LSU AgCenter’s "South Louisiana Guide to Living with Hurricanes" has information about Louisiana’s unique susceptibility to hurricanes, how to make seasonal adjustments, emergency preparation and evacuation information and phone numbers for the emergency management and extension service offices in the Louisiana parishes at greatest risk.
Copies are available by visiting the hurricane section of www.LouisianaFloods.org. Look for the LSU Hurricane Tracking Chart, with preparation tips and emergency supplies lists on the back. Skinner says it’s a PDF that prints on legal-size paper. Follow the "after the flood" link on LouisianaFloods.org to get the disaster recovery publication, "Surviving a Power Outage."
In addition, for advice on how to protect your home from high water and strong wind, visit the Stronger-Safer-Smarter section of www.LouisianaHouse.org.
Source: Pat Skinner (225) 578-6919, or Pskinner@agcenter.lsu.edu
On the Internet: Flood information: www.LouisianaFloods.org.
On the Internet: Louisiana House: www.LouisianaHouse.org.
On the Internet: LSU AgCenter Web site: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture