Getting Prepared for Hurricane Season

2020 has been a rough year so far for folks in the United States and all over the world. For those of us living in Louisiana, however, June 1st has come and gone, and you know what that means…..hurricane season has begun. Thankfully, Cristobal, the first named storm to come our way was just a test run. There are steps that you can take to make the next storm of hurricane season a little less worrisome, however, and the key words to less worry are Be Prepared.

When preparing for hurricane evacuation or hunkering down in your home, that is far away from the threat of flood waters, there are many details that need to be considered, especially if you are caring for a loved one who has special medical needs.

-Plan ahead of time where you will stay
  • Make plans to stay with friends or relatives.
  • Make reservations at a hotel that is out of the path of the storm.
  • Know where your local shelters are.

-No matter where you stay, if you have pets, make sure ahead of time that your pets will be allowed.
The ADA states that hotels are required to allow service dogs. They are not required to allow Emotional Support Animals, however, since hotel stays are considered temporary housing. Not all shelters allow pets.

-If you have a person traveling with you who needs a wheelchair or other equipment, make sure you have room for it in your vehicle and that someone who knows how to store and operate the equipment is present.

-If you or a person traveling with you is in need of medical services for a chronic condition, make sure you know where to find facilities such as dialysis treatment centers.

-Bring medications with you, preferably in the original prescription labeled container. Trying to identify pills for refills from a weekly pill box is not a good idea.
  • Plan on having at least two weeks worth of medication with you.
  • In cases of emergency, you can get a prescription filled before it is due to be filled.

Stay safe, be smart, and get prepared now. A printable version of the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide can be found at: http://www.lsp.org/pdf/2016EmergencyGuide_English.pdf

Some of the items from their checklist includes:

Food

• 3-Day Supply of non-perishable food items

Personal Items

  • Soap, toothbrush, deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving kit
  • Eyeglasses and contact lenses
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Mirror
  • Special items need for the elderly and disabled

Sanitary Items

  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Paper towels, toilet paper
  • Liquid detergent
  • Bleach, disinfectants
  • Rubber gloves

Clothing & Bedding

  • Rain gear
  • Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows
  • Extra shoes
  • Extra clothes

Equipment

  • Battery operated radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Cellular phone and charger
  • Waterproof flashlights
  • Battery powered lantern

Papers & Valuables

  • Extra set of car keys
  • Evacuation route maps
  • Drivers license or some form of identification
  • Extra cash
  • Vehicle registration papers
  • Insurance policies
  • Checking and savings account information
  • Important papers (Proof of residence, mortgages, deeds, wills, stocks, bonds)

Medical Items

  • First aid kit
  • Medical and vaccination records
  • List of each family member’s prescriptions, medications, dosage, and schedule
  • List of serious medical conditions
  • Copy of health insurance cards and prescriptions
  • List of current physicians and their specialities
  • Insurance card, policy number
  • Pharmacy name and phone number

Pet Supplies

  • Food, water
  • Collar, leash
  • Waste supplies
  • Veterinary records