Hurricane Preparedness & Party Tips
The heavy rains and the resulting floods that hit the New Orleans area are a reminder how important it is to be prepared for severe weather events such as tropical storms, hurricanes or very heavy rains. Bad weather can hit unexpectedly so the time to prepare is now. Also, keep in mind we are in the middle of hurricane season right now.
Get Your Kit Ready
New Orleans Locals will hit the gas stations and the grocery stores and stock up on all sorts of items. water, batteries, and can goods. A basic emergency supply kit could include the following items:
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Make sure you have a working can opener. Nothing worse than starring at a can of tuna and not being able to open it.
For more information visit: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
Take everything out of your car and move your car to higher ground or the neutral ground. Consider placing your car in a place that will help protect it against flooding and can also can help protect it from flying objects and trees.
The Louisiana SPCA would like to remind you that Pets should not be kept outdoors during severe weather. If you cannot bring your pets indoors, their outdoor shelter should provide adequate protection from high winds and should be raised to protect against flooding. Ensure your pet is wearing proper identification. They say plan for the severe weather threats this weekend keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis and their medical records in a waterproof container. All boarding facilities and veterinarian offices require proof of immunization before accepting animals. Due to severe weather the Louisiana SPCA’s New Orleans Humane Law & Rescue team is currently responding to emergency calls only. They say phone lines at the Louisianan SPCA are intermittent and the public is urged to use a temporary number to report animal emergencies – 504.818.4116.
We Make It A Party
A lot of people won’t be heading to work, but stay at home, which means there will be some so-called hurricane parties. Some of the fun hurricane comfort foods and beverages include Zapp’s or Elmer’s potato chips, Abita Beer, and maybe even a deck of cards to pass the time. Get all the supplies you need for your party early since we could lose power and most stores will close since registers and credit card readers won’t work!