Hurricane season officially
starts June 1st and lasts until November 30th. Hurricanes
can sometimes spawn tornadoes. If you live in a hurricane prone area, make sure
you know where all of the evacuation routes are. Always listen to the radio and
television for the latest information and instructions for your area.
HURRICANE WATCH issued
for your part of the coast indicates the possibility that you could experience
hurricane conditions within 36 hours. This WATCH should trigger your family's
disaster plan, and protective measures should be initiated. Especially, those
actions that require extra time such as securing a boat and leaving a barrier
A HURRICANE WARNING issued for your part of the coast
indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 24 hours.
Once this WARNING has been issued, your family should be in the process of
completing protective actions and deciding the safest location to be during the
- Have a disaster plan.
- Have a pet plan. Before a
storm threatens, contact your veterinarian or local humane society for
information on preparing your pets for an emergency.
- Board up
- Bring in outdoor objects
that could blow away.
- Make sure you know which
county or parish you live in.
- Know where all the
evacuation routes are.
- Prepare a disaster
supplies kit for your home and car. Have enough food and water for at least 3
days. Include a first aid kit, canned food and a can opener, bottled water,
battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective clothing and written
instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water.
- Have a NOAA weather radio
handy with plenty of batteries, so you can listen to storm
- Have some cash handy.
Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be temporarily closed.
- Make sure your car is
filled with gasoline.
- Stay away from low-lying
and flood prone areas.
- Always stay indoors during
a hurricane, because strong winds will blow things around.
- Leave mobile homes and to
go to a shelter.
- If your home isnt on
higher ground, go to a shelter.
- If emergency managers say
to evacuate, then do so immediately.
AFTER A HURRICANE:
- Stay indoors until it is
safe to come out.
- Check for injured or
trapped people, without putting yourself in danger.
- Watch out for flooding
which can happen after a hurricane.
- Do not attempt to drive in
- Stay away from standing
water. It may be electrically charged from underground or downed power
- Dont drink tap water
until officials say its safe to do so.