Even though those of us along the Gulf Coast know that hurricane season is almost here, sometimes we need a little refresher to get our game plan together to be prepared. Don't let it go to the back burner this year, and don't forget that you still might need certain COVID and work items in your family prep kit.

The National Hurricane Center wants you to be prepared before, during, and after the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which is June 1 through November 30. They have a comprehensive guide to getting ready, even if you don't think you need to. Some of the things you need for preparation are below, and regardless of what you think, it's never too early to get started.

Here is a list of items to put in your Family Plan Emergency Kit from The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Bottled water (at least 3 gallons per person)
  • Battery Powered Radio
  • Battery Powered Lantern
  • First aid kit and essential medications-prescription medications and list of medications for each person
  • Identification
  • Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide
  • Canned food and non-electric can opener
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • High energy foods, like peanut butter, jelly, crackers,
  • Vitamins
  • Utility knife, shut off wrench, and pliers
  • Tape
  • Compass
  • Paper and pencils
  • Extra pair of glasses and sunglasses
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Soap
  • Personal items
  • Plastic garbage bag and ties
  • Pet food
  • Protective clothing, rain gear
  • Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes, footwear and a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
  • Car keys and keys to the place you may be going (friend's or relative's home)
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.

The following tips from the Louisiana Governor's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security are for preparation under their 'Get a Game Plan' initiative, and they are also available on their free app

  1. Develop an Evacuation Plan
  2. Secure an Insurance Checkup
  3. Assemble Disaster Supplies
  4. Strengthen Your Home
  5. Identify Trusted Sources of Information
  6. Complete a Written Hurricane Plan for your Family
  7. Check on Your Neighbors
  8. Determine Your Risk




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