BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Even as dozens of communities in the Southeast pick up the pieces after deadly tornadoes swept through the region, the countdown to Hurricane Season is running down. Health officials are urging residents to prepare for severe weather now.
The first step to becoming hurricane ready is putting together a severe weather kit.
The kit should include:
- A weather radio
- Non-perishable food items
- Several days' worth of water (About three gallons per person per day)
- A flashlight and spare batteries
- A first aid kit
- About two weeks' worth of any critical medication
- Any important paperwork like insurance and driver licenses
"Think about it like you're preparing for tailgating, or a party. You need to have certain items available," said DHH State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry.
The second step: get a plan together with your family. Should you have to evacuate, decide where you could go and where you could stay. Guidry suggests having a map handy in case roads are blocked and you need an alternate route.
Third, stay informed. There's more ways than ever to do this. You can download the state's Get a Game Plan App, which can walk you through storm preps and keep you connected to government releases. Another great app to have is the WAFB Titan 9 Weather App. This will let you check radar and give you the latest information about any storm alerts. Both are free.
Finally, stay vigilant. You never know what a hurricane season will bring and it only takes one storm to devastate an area.
"To let your guard down will be foolish knowing that we live in a hurricane prone area," said Guidry.