As a Louisiana resident, I’m aware of thunderstorms, flash floods, and hurricanes. These natural disasters can happen any time of the year but it is best to be prepared during hurricane season. Hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30th. Here is a list of items that you should have available during hurricane season:
Gas Tank should always be full
During hurricane season, you may have to evacuate. Imagine evacuating without any gas. Your car can run out of gas and your family will have no place to go. You should gas up immediately when you have been notified of a hurricane watch.
Processed Food Handy
Hurricane season is the time to pull out all processed food. I know this is unhealthy but can goods, sandwich meat and tuna is the best way to go. They are portable, inexpensive and enough to go around. For something healthier, I would suggest you stock up on granola bars, raisins, nuts and trail mix.
Bottles of Water
Bottles of water are great to have during hurricane season. Sometimes hurricane warnings may enforce you to evacuate to another state. A bottle of water is portable and affordable to have.
Ice Chest Filled with Ice
Having an ice chest around is a great way to store your water and other food. There are days where you will not have electricity and having an ice chest is great to store your food that was in the freezer. The more ice chests you have, the better. An ice chest is portable and great to have when you need to evacuate.
Batteries are needed at all times during hurricane season. You should purchase all sizes so they could be used for portable radios flashlights and fans.
BBQ Grill and Coal
A great alternative to canned foods is placing your frozen food from your freezer on the grill. Your meat won’t go bad and your money will not go to waste. You can throw a “hurricane party”. When Hurricane Gustav hit Baton Rouge we had a block party in our neighborhood. Our electricity was out for weeks and there was not much we could do. All of our neighbors combined our leftover food and drinks together and had a block party. Instead of stressing over a natural disaster, we had a carefree afternoon. So grab a handful of your neighbors, enjoy the fresh air and eat BBQ.
Evacuating is not an easy thing to do. You have to pack food and clothes then leave to an unfamiliar place. Evacuating can be stressful because you don’t know if your home will be there when you return. A cell phone is strongly recommended to keep in touch with your family. The service maybe out for a while because of the storm, but it’s needed to keep tabs and know where everyone is located.
Hurricane season usually comes and goes quicker than you can imagine, but it’s best to be prepared and stay cautious. A hurricane can happen at anytime so it’s best to have these items around.