Helpful Hurricane Hints
As hurricane season officially begins on June 1st, YRNO has a few tips to better prepare yourself, your loved ones, and your property from undue damage should a hurricane make landfall. To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures are maintained throughout hurricane season – don’t just start when a hurricane is expected to make landfall.
Additionally, YRNO has a surplus of Hurricane Clips that we are giving out For Free! Contact Us for information on how to better secure your home by receiving these clips.
Protect your property!
- Make plans to secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
- Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Determine how and where to secure your boat.
- Consider building a safe room.
It’s important to consider yourself as well, when preparing for a natural disaster. Prepare a hurricane supply kit for you and don’t get caught unprepared!
Protect your family!
- Water – have at least 1 gallon per person per day, for 3-7 days.
- Food – At least enough for everyone for 3-7 days (including nonperishable packaged/canned foods, snacks, and cooking utensils such as paper plates and a non-electric can opener)
- Blankets/pillows, etc.
- Clothing – Seasonal clothing with rain gear and comfortable, reliable shoes
- First Aid Kit – Include any prescription medicines necessary for you or your family
- Toiletries – Include moisture wipes and any hygiene items necessary.
- Flashlight – with extra batteries in a zip-lock bag.
- Radio – battery-operated and NOAA weather radio.
- Telephones – fully charged cell phone and extra battery.
- Cash and credit cards – Banks & ATMs may not be available, so have enough cash to get by for 3-7 days.
- Important documents – in a watertight container or ba – insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
- Diversions – including toys, books, and games to pass the time.
- Tools – both for general use and for your vehicle.
- Transportation plan – if using your own vehicle, ensure the fuel tank is kept filled – no driving on empty.
- Pet Care Items – Identification/immunization records/medications, food & water, a carrier or a muzzle.
For more information about evacuating from New Orleans, please visit the Evacuteer Website, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing New Orleans for evacuation in the event of a hurricane.