How to prepare for Hurricane Delta

How to prepare for Hurricane Delta

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - There is still some uncertainty as it pertains to Hurricane Delta. While I can’t tell you what kind of storm to prepare for, what I can tell you is how my family and I are preparing.

Today:

  1. Make a detailed list of all the things you have in stock at home and all the essential things you don’t have; three-day supply of food and water for every person. (At least 1 gallon of water per person per day)
  2. Top off your car with gas
  3. Make sure your generator runs smoothly (if you have one) and review the safety information associated with it
  4. Defrost your most expensive freezer items and prepare them tonight and tomorrow for meals (no reason you can’t eat well before a storm in case the power goes out and you can’t save them)
  5. Fill a cup with water and put it in your freezer. Once frozen put a quarter on top. (If you lose power and the quarter sinks to the bottom you know to throw out your freezer items)
  6. Drop by the ATM and get a little reserve cash
  7. Find the battery powered devices (flashlights, radios, etc.) and check their batteries
  8. Check medications, order refills

Thursday:

  1. Check for updates on the storm periodically throughout the day
  2. If you have kids, gather the non-powered, non-WiFi entertainment
  3. Make sure you have pet food
  4. Check first aid kit for any missing elements
  5. Arrange for a place to go in case an evacuation order is issued for your area
  6. Get essential supplies you don’t already have (non-perishable food, water, batteries, RX refills, etc.)
  7. Charge phone before bed

Friday:

  1. Secure any loose items outside and consider boarding up windows if you find yourself in the highest wind threat area
  2. Evacuate if ordered to do so
  3. Fill up the vehicle with gas if less than half a tank
  4. Check forecast for any changes
  5. Fill bathtub with water
  6. Power up smart devices, portable electronics, and portable cell phone chargers

Friday into Saturday:

  1. Watch WAFB coverage on-air, in the 9News app, or at WAFB.com/live
  2. Listen to emergency officials
  3. Stay indoors during the storm
  4. Don’t drive if not necessary

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