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Let’s Prepare for Hurricane Season

See how you can help Louisiana families get ready for the 2024 hurricane season.

 

  1. Create a Family Emergency Plan

- Establish how family members will contact one another and where to meet if separated. 

- Know the local hurricane evacuation routes and have a plan for where you will stay. 

- Remember special accommodations for the elderly, special needs relatives, and pets.

  1. Build an Emergency Kit

- Store essentials: Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days), non-perishable food, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, and multi-tool.

- Keep Important Documents Safe: Copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof container.

- Remember your prescription medications, glasses, infant formula, diapers, and hygiene items.

  1. Stay Informed

- Use NOAA Weather Radio, local news, or reliable weather apps for real-time updates. 

- Subscribe to receive emergency alert text messages on your phone. 

New Orleans: Text NOLAREADY to 77295, or ESP to 77295 for Spanish alerts. 

Jefferson Parish: Text JPALERT to 888777 or JPNOTICIAS to 888777 for Spanish alerts.

- Follow VIVA NOLA Magazine on Facebook for Updates in Spanish.

 

  1. Prepare Your Home & Check Insurance Coverage

- Secure Windows and doors. 

- Remove loose items, such as outdoor furniture and decorations, that can become projectiles. 

- Know how to turn off gas, electricity, and water if you must evacuate.

- Avoid flooded areas, downed power lines, and damaged buildings.

- Take photos of any damage for insurance claims.

- Monitor local news for information on safe return and recovery efforts.

 

By following these steps, you and your family can be better prepared to handle the challenges of the 2024 hurricane season in Louisiana. Stay safe and informed!

You can support VIVA NOLA’s mission of connecting communities by donating here. Your support, in any amount, is very appreciated.

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