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Preparing for the next storm
Forecasters at the National Weather Service are predicting a very active hurricane season in 2022. Warmer than average temperatures are to blame for the active forecast. Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Early preparation is key to staying safe. First, make sure your family has a plan whether it is to evacuate or stay home. Next, stock up on non-perishable food items and make sure to include plenty of bottled water, can openers, batteries, and a home medical kit. Refill any prescription medications through the Access Health Louisiana Pharmacy which offers free home delivery by calling (985) 785-5826 or toll-free 1-833-556-6290. Also, sign up for your parish’s emergency alert system by visiting your parish government website. Click on your parish name or municipality below.
Allen Parish Plaquemines Parish Rapides Parish
Iberville Parish St. Bernard Parish St. Charles Parish
Jefferson Parish St. James Parish St. Tammany Parish
Tangipahoa Parish Washington Parish City of Gretna
City of Kenner City of New Orleans
By registering your cell phone number or email address, you will get alerts letting you know about evacuation routes, shelter locations, as well as where to find sand bags. It’s also a good idea to visit the state of Louisiana’s Get a Game Plan website which offers information on FEMA, Disaster Recovery Assistance, public service announcements, pet safety, as well as critical news and updates when a storm is headed to the gulf coast. You can also pre-register for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits in case your area is approved for benefits after a named storm.
Remember hurricanes can cause major damage to homes. The Saffir-Simpson scale was designed to show the amount of damage that can be caused by each category of hurricane. With many homes along the gulf coast still needing repair from Hurricane Ida, homes are more vulnerable to further damage caused by wind, rain and flooding.