Hurricane Preparedness - Gearing Up

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The key to hurricane safety is being prepared BEFORE the start of hurricane season.

  • Know the storm history and elevation of your area.
  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane.
  • Prepare a kit of emergency supplies and prepare a portable kit in case you have to evacuate.
  • Familiarize yourself with safe evacuation routes and contraflow evacuation maps.
  • Learn locations of official shelters of last resort.
  • Review needs and working condition of emergency equipment, such as flashlights, battery powered radios, etc..
  • Ensure that enough non-perishable food and water supplies are on hand to last for at least two weeks.
  • Obtain and store materials, such as plywood, straps, tarps and mounting hardware, necessary to properly secure your home.
  • Check home for loose or clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed. Cut weak branches and trees that could fall or bump against the house.
  • When trimming, try to create a channel through the foliage to the center of the tree to allow for air flow.
  • Determine where to move your boat in an emergency.
  • Review your insurance policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage.
  • Individuals with special needs should contact Lafourche Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 537-7603 for assistance evacuating should the need arise.

Gearing Up On A Budget

Residents can spend hundreds of dollars every year purchasing hurricane supplies such as bottled water, gasoline and nonperishable food items. In many cases, people wait until a storm threatens Southeast Louisiana to make a last-minute rush to local stores to purchase supplies, usually resulting in a large expenditure.

Remember, it's more cost-efficient to build your emergency kits a little bit at a time, using what you already have at home whenever possible.


  • Purchase an extra can or box of non-perishable food or other supplies for your hurricane kit during each trip to the grocery store, making use of coupons and sales when available.
  • Combine resources with family, friends and neighbors to save money buying in bulk, then divide the items up.
  • Fill containers 2/3 full with tap water and keep them in your freezer for ice after a storm.
  • Make bed rolls from your existing comforters and blankets.