September is National Preparedness Month - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

September is National Preparedness Month

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One month is left in hurricane season, and you never know when or where the next big storm will strike.  When Hurricane Gustav tore to the metro area six years ago, it caught many residents off guard after the storm took an unexpected turn to the northwest after making landfall.  Baton Rouge was pounded with heavy winds and rain, leaving the city in the dark for a week.  

The perils of fast changing weather in south Louisiana is a hard lesson learned.  On the anniversary of one devastating storm, state and federal officials are urging preparedness for any storm that may hide on the horizon. 

September is National Preparedness Month, a perfect time for you and your family to get an emergency plan together. 

Start with building your severe weather kit.  This should contain: a weather radio, non-perishable food items, several days' worth of water- about 3 gallons per person per day, a flashlight and spare batteries, a first aid kit, and about two weeks' worth of any critical medication.  Also include any important paperwork, like insurance and driver licenses.  

Your family should also decide where to go and stay in case of an evacuation.  Finally, stay informed with local news and emergency officials.  

For more information on getting your emergency plan together, click here

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