News medias are predicting that this Hurricane season will be an above-average season. In Louisiana it seems that hurricane season is year long, but we all know the season officially begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th but each year tops the last year.
In years past we have had some ‘famous’ hurricanes that will live in our memories: Betsy, Camille, Katrina, Gustav, Sandy, Andrew and Hugo just to name a few. Because of these ‘famous’ hurricanes, our state has made it a yearly practice in preparing. Get a Game Plan Ready according to WAFB (getagameplan.org) is a good place to gather information/ideas. Below are also some tips on how to prepare for the upcoming Hurricane season:
1. Have one gallon of water per person per day. These should last for three days (this includes for drinking and flushing toilets).
2. Have a three-day supply of food. This is when can foods come in handy-so make sure you have a non-electric can opener.
3. Purchase or pull out the crank radio/flashlight (you can get these at Lowe’s or Home Depot).
4. Have your battery-operated flashlight where you can find it (have extra batteries on hand too).
5. Gather a first-aid kit (or band aides, gauze, cotton balls, peroxide and Neosporin placed in a zip-locked bag) for any emergencies.
6. Put your birth certificate, social security card and other important documents in a zip-locked bag.
7. Have a plan in place in case of evacuation (if you’re wheel-chair bound or bed bound make-a-plan with your Home Health agency or Hospice. Get on your local Council on Aging’s (if you’re a client) evacuation list.
8. Keep track of important phone numbers.
9. If you have a Vial of Life place it with your zip-lock bag of important papers.
10. If you are a home owner or renter, make sure your insurance is up-to-date and make sure you know what is/isn’t covered. (Before a hurricane).
11. Get your 3-day supply of medicines with a list of the meds you take and those you are allergic to in case you are evacuated longer than 3 days.
If you need additional resources, call West Baton Rouge Council on Aging at (225) 383-0638 or visit www.wbrcoa.org.