Offshore workers and people in low-lying coastal areas and on coastal islands will be evacuated as a precaution when a storm heads this way. People in mobile homes, if not evacuated, should ﬁnd more substantial housing when a hurricane approaches. People inside densely populated, leveed areas should consider taking a business trip or visiting relatives to the north. Others may be able to wait for evacuation orders.
WHEREVER YOU ARE, if a storm is coming, tune the radio to your emergency broadcast station or watch for alerts on television. Use power as long as it is on, and save your batteries.
In this article:
|If the threat is still uncertain
|Take it or leave it
|Gear for primitive living
|When you evacuate
|Listen to Local Officials
|Saffir-Simpson Damage-Potential Scale
*See following lists for items to include in your life’s necessities, gear for primitive living and what you’ll need when you evacuate.
During a hurricane, you need some supplies just to survive. You may have to leave home, and you may find yourself spending a night, or several nights, in a car. After a hurricane, you may be housebound for a week or longer, probably with no electricity. Water may be off or contaminated. Stores may be closed.
Early in hurricane season, gather what you’ll need and keep it in a central location – above potential flood level. Don’t forget about your pets’ needs, too.
Consider buying an electrical generator to meet your emergency requirements for power. This is particularly important if you must operate medical equipment. It also may be the best way to protect your investment in frozen foods.
At home, on the road or in a typical shelter:
Items listed here have a long shelf life but will disappear from stores quickly when hurricane warnings are issued. Gather these supplies now; you’ll need to make other preparations as a storm approaches.
Whether at home or evacuating by car:
These are things you’ll be glad you brought in addition to life’s necessities:
Each community subject to a hurricane threat has a hurricane safety plan. Find out about your community’s plan, and make it part of your family plan.
The local emergency management officials have the most up-to-date information for your area. Follow their recommendations before, during and after a hurricane.
Look for signs like this one along evacuation routes to help you find the most current information. (If you’re at home, tune to your local broadcast stations.)
|greater than 155 mph
LSU Hurricane Center
Louisiana Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
Federal Emergency Management Agency