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Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:51

FEMA: Prepare Now for Hurricane Season

BATON ROUGE, La. — Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and FEMA urges Louisianans to prepare. Getting ready now goes a long way in saving lives and reducing property damage later.

Readiness for the tropical season depends on preparing, planning and staying informed.

Prepare:

  • Update your disaster kit. Ready.gov recommends gathering a number of items such as: a three-day supply of non-perishable food and bottled water, a battery-operated radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, cash, medicines, a first aid kit, pet foods, and important family documents.
  • Cut down or trim damaged trees and limbs, clear out debris from pipes or culverts so that water doesn’t back up and cause flooding.
  • Tie down or take inside unattached outdoor toys and furniture when a severe storm approaches.

Plan:

Be Informed:

  • Download the FEMA Mobile App for disaster-related information.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio  or local radio or TV stations for up-to- date storm information, and be prepared to take action.
  • Search the internet or log on to Twitter with the name of your metropolitan area and the word “alerts” to be connected to the latest information.
  • Wait until local officials say it’s safe to return home before doing so.

Those who live in FEMA manufactured housing units should know this temporary housing does not provide safe shelter during a hurricane or tornado. Here are some tips for those who live in FEMA MHUs:

  • Leave an MHU when there are tornado or hurricane warnings.
  • All FEMA MHUs come equipped with weather radios; listen for storm warnings.
  • Put important items on high shelves in case of floods.

More information may be found online at www.fema.gov/pdf/areyouready/areyouready_full.pdf.

OTHER USEFUL LINKS:

Ready.gov/hurricanes   

Emergency.Louisiana.Gov

Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide

Get A Game Plan App 

Louisiana 2-1-1 provides information about available health and human services.
National Flood Insurance Program or call or call FEMA at 1-800-427-4661.