Wednesday, September 15, 2021

While this hurricane season has been harsh on everyone, it’s best to remember it’s not over yet. With Ida’s devastation still around us, it’s hard to believe we have another storm at our doorsteps. According to Wikipedia Hurricane Ida was the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to strike the State of Louisiana on record, behind Hurricane Katrina. With Nicholas raining outside and another month-plus of hurricane season, it’s very important to be prepared and stay safe during storms.

Stay Informed

  • Pay attention to emergency information and alerts.
  • If you live in a mandatory evacuation zone and local officials tell you to evacuate, do so immediately.

Dealing with the Weather

  • Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
  • Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds.
  • If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

Personal Safety

  • If you must go to a community or group shelter remember to follow the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and your family from COVID-19. Be sure to review your previous evacuation plan and consider alternative options to maintain physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and update your plan accordingly.
  • If you must evacuate, if possible, bring with you food, water, and personal items that can make you comfortable and help protect you and others in the shelter from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, cleaning materials, and two clean, well-fitted masks that have two or more layers for each person.