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We have certainly all learned a lesson in storm preparedness when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Southern Coast region. Many people lost their lives because they simply weren’t prepared for the coming storm. So as our coast battles Hurricane Isaac, we should all learn how to get ready for stormy weather and hurricanes.
Please note that because safety is such a serious topic, that I am gathering information directly from government websites. I only want to relay the best, most accurate information.
First, you should keep a list of emergency contacts so that you can get in touch with these people and companies to learn more about risks, evacuations, and more. (This is particularly true for those living in coastal regions)
Develop an emergency plan for you and your family.
For more information on preparing family emergency plans, visit Ready.gov.
If evacuation is mandatory, you should review FEMA’s guidelines on evacuating so that you pack the right supplies and have enough time to leave. If it is not being enforced, consider protection options you have, and choose whether or not you will be evacuating.
After you return home, remember that fixing damage and recovering can be a long process. Many others will need help just like you, so agencies will be swamped. Do not return home until you are sure the storm or threat is gone. If your home is damaged and another storm comes through, you won’t have safe shelter.
I hope these tips help keep you and your family safe.