Are you ready?

Hurricane season will began on June 1st and will continue through November 30. Unfortunately, many of us don't begin preparing for a storm until we know that it is brewing, but NOW is the time to prepare yourself, your family, and your community. To take action, ask youself the following questions:

  1. Do you have a plan to survive a disaster?
  2. Do you have an emergency supplies kit for your home and your car?
  3. Are your homeowners' and flood insurance policies in order?
  4. Have you planned your evacuation?
  5. Do you have a plan for turning off your utilities?
  6. Do you have a plan to secure the house/outdoor items/boat?
  7. Do you have copies of your insurance policies, important documents, and other valuables in a safe place?
  8. Do you have an inventory and a detailed description of your property?
  9. Has your roof been inspected in the last nine months?
  10. Have you had routine maintenance on your trees and shrubs around the house?
  11. Have you had routine maintenance done on your car and are the tires, including the spare, in good condition?
  12. Is your emergency phone list up to date?
  13. Have you made arrangements for your out-of-state communication contact?
  14. Do you have plans to address the "special needs" of family members?
  15. Have you decided what you will do with your animals?
  16. Do you have a recovery plan?
  17. Are you involved with community preparedness planning and education?
  18. Have you budgeted for the additional expenses to prepare your home, buy supplies and evacuate? If you need any additional information or help in preparing for a hurricane, contact your local electric utility, the LSU
  19. Cooperative Extension Service or an office of emergency preparedness.