Once again, there is a storm in the Gulf. While it seems as though we’re in the clear for this one (it will hopefully simply be a good trial run to make sure everyone has supplies and is ready), it did bring up a lot of anxiety remembering what happened with Ivan.

So of course I can’t even imagine what the people of New Orleans must be going through! My husband is packing up his camper and heading back this way as we speak. If it hits New Orleans, depending on the damage, he may be working a lot of hours in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, I’m glad to know that he will be well out of harm’s way. I hope that this turns out to be a small event for everyone on the coast – on the last update, it appeared that Issac had not picked up any speed in the Gulf, which is what they were afraid it would do.

So stay safe and be prepared everyone!

Here are some great tips for preparing.

Preparations before hurricane

  • Plan ahead. If you don’t already have a plan, make one right now. It’s not too late.
  • Listen to the news! Stay informed at all times. Have a battery operated radio and batteries.
  • Know your evacuation routes. Determine where you would go and how you would get there.
  • Make sure to include your pets in your evacuation plans as most shelters and many hotels do not allow for pets.
  • If you plan on staying in your home, make sure you are prepared with supplies to last 3-14 days. Learn the location of nearby shelters in case you need to leave your home after a storm.
  • Be aware of and abide by all evacuation orders, especially in low lying areas and coastal areas prone to flooding.
  • Fill all vehicles with gas and get cash from the ATM
  • Locate and secure all important papers, including insurance policies, wills, license, etc.
  • Take inventory of your home! Maintain a written list of your possessions. Be specific and include serial numbers. Document with photos and/or video for your insurance company.
  • Talk to your children about how and when to call 911.
  • Make sure you have an operable fire extinguisher and everyone knows how to use it.
  • Establish emergency meeting place in case your family gets separated.

Supplies checklist

Local emergency management experts encourage you to have 3-14 days’ worth of supplies.

  • Large supply of Nonperishable Foods
  • Battery Operated Radio
  • Flashlights & Batteries
  • Insect repellent!
  • Candles & Lighters
  • First Aid Kit and Manual
  • Several clean containers for water and ice. You need at least 5 gallons of water per person.
  • Water purifying supplies- chlorine & iodine tablets
  • Clean bath tub and fill with clean water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Prescription medicines and/or refills
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Pet supplies
  • Battery operated fan
  • Car charger for cell phone
  • Grill and propane
  • Walking talkies
  • Prepare emergency supply kit for vehicle with essentials in case you are displaced

2 thoughts on “Preparing for a Hurricane

  1. Thanks for the great list of important things to do!! I live on the Oregon coast and we don’ t have this type of storm but we do have wind storms and tsunami warnings. It is for sure great to be on top of these things. I sure hope it turns out to be less of a storm than they are predicting.

    1. It hasn’t been too bad here, but I feel bad for the people in the NOLA area – it wasn’t too strong, but it’s not moving. Even Cat 1 winds are a lot to deal with when they’re there for a full 24 hours!

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