It is imperative to be as prepared as possible if a tropical system threatens your home. Scroll below for an excellent guide from the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness with a detailed emergency supply checklist, wind and flood preparation, evacuation routes, sheltering information, and much more useful data. 

Things to do before a storm hits:

  • Run your generator to make sure it works smoothly
  • Consider sandbags
  • Choose windowless interior room in case of high winds/tornado and rid room of potential projectiles that could fly off shelves/topple
  • Gather important documents and place them in waterproof container/bag (birth certificates, social security cards, insurance, bank info, etc.)
  • Consider communication options in case of power, phone service, and internet outages
  • Fill vehicle gas tanks and gas cans for generator
  • Maintain full battery charge on phones and electronics in case of power outage
  • If home is in danger of flooding, locate an axe for puncturing attic/roof if you need to get to higher ground
  • Secure outdoor items that wind could project through windows or neighbors' yards (trampolines, dog houses, etc.)

Supplies you may need in case of power outages or area storm damage:

  • Water (for drinking and sanitation)
  • Nonperishable food items
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Phone and electronics chargers (car chargers if power goes out)
  • Radio (battery powered or hand crank)
  • Moist towelettes and garbage bags
  • Gasoline (vehicle and generator)
  • Portable fans
  • Baby supplies (formula, diapers, etc.)
  • Pet food
  • Cash (in case of power outage at local stores/restaurants)
  • Important ID cards/forms, insurance forms, bank account forms, etc. in waterproof pouch