Weathering the Storm

Living in Louisiana, where hurricanes and severe storms are a regular occurrence, it’s crucial to ensure your home is adequately prepared to withstand Mother Nature’s fury. From strong winds to torrential rains, these storms can wreak havoc on your property if not properly managed. To help you navigate through storm season safely, here are some essential dos and don’ts to keep your home prepared.

Essential Prep Dos:

Create a Comprehensive Emergency Plan

Develop a detailed emergency plan that outlines evacuation routes, communication methods, and essential contacts. Ensure every household member understands their role and responsibilities during a storm.

Stock Up on Emergency Supplies

Assemble an emergency kit containing essential supplies such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, and important documents. Ensure an ample supply of these items to last at least 72 hours.

Secure Outdoor Items

Bring in or secure outdoor furniture, decorations, and equipment that could become projectiles in high winds. Trim trees and shrubs to minimize potential debris during storms.

Reinforce Windows and Doors

Install storm shutters or board up windows to protect against flying debris. Ensure doors have sturdy locks and hinges to withstand strong winds.

Inspect Roof and Gutters

Regularly inspect your roof for loose shingles or areas of weakness that could lead to leaks or structural damage during a storm. Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent water buildup and potential flooding.

Invest in a Generator

Consider investing in a generator to provide backup power during outages. Ensure it is properly installed and maintained according to manufacturer guidelines.

Stay Informed

Monitor weather forecasts and warnings issued by local authorities. Sign up for emergency alerts and stay tuned to news updates for any changes in storm conditions.


Essential Prep DoN’ts:

Ignore Evacuation Orders

Never ignore evacuation orders issued by local authorities. Your safety should always be the top priority during a storm. Follow designated evacuation routes and seek shelter in designated areas if necessary.

Underestimate Flood Risks

Louisiana is prone to flooding, especially in low-lying areas and regions near bodies of water. Remember not to underestimate the potential for flooding, even if you live outside designated flood zones.

Delay Preparation

Procrastination can be costly when it comes to storm preparedness. Secure your home and gather emergency supplies before the last minute. Start preparations well in advance of storm season.

Use Improperly Stored Generators

Improper use of generators can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or electrical hazards. Never operate a generator indoors or in enclosed spaces; ensure it is placed in a well-ventilated area away from windows and doors.

Leave Pets Behind

Include pets in your emergency plans and evacuation preparations. NEVER LEAVE THEM BEHIND DURING A STORM. Have a designated pet carrier, food, and water for your furry companions.

Rely Solely on Technology

While technology can provide valuable information during storms, it’s essential to have alternative means of communication in case of power outages or network failures. Keep a battery-powered or hand-crank radio on hand for updates and instructions.

Forget to Document Damages

In the aftermath of a storm, document any damages to your property for insurance purposes. Take photos or videos of the damage before making any repairs and keep records of related expenses.

By following these dos and don’ts, you can better prepare your home for the challenges posed by storms and hurricanes. Remember, thorough planning and proactive measures are key to keeping your family and property safe during severe weather events. Stay informed, stay prepared, and stay safe.

Additional Disaster Preparedness Informational Links:

Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) 

Louisiana Emergency Response Guide

Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LAVOAD)

Emergency Legal Responders (ELR)

If you have been affected by Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Delta, Hurricane Zeta, Hurricane Ida, Winter Storm Uri, or severe storms, tornados, and flooding from 2021, please consider calling our offices at 1-866-ASK-ALSC (1-866-275-2572) or apply online to see if you qualify for legal services. Our disaster unit may assist in finding identity documents lost due to these weather events.

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