American Red Cross - Northwest Louisiana Chapter
Know what hurricane WATCHES and WARNINGS mean:
A WATCH means hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area, usually
within 36 hours.
A WARNING means hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area, usually
within 24 hours.
Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan.
Identify ahead of time where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several
Keep handy the telephone numbers of those places as well as a road map of
your locality. You may need to take alternative or unfamiliar routes if major
roads are clogged or closed. Remember also to budget 4 times the amount of
time normally needed to reach a specified location.
Listen to local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions. If advised
to evacuate, do so immediately.
Disaster Supplies Kit
Prepare for high winds. Install hurricane shutters or pre-cut 3/4 marine
plywood for each window of your home. Install anchors for the plywood and
predrill holes in the plywood so that you can put it up quickly. Make trees
more wind resistant by removing diseased or damage limbs, then strategically
removing branches, so that wind can blow through.
Know what to do
when a hurricane WATCH is issued...
Identify what to do
when a hurricane WARNING is issued...
Bring indoors lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants, outdoor decorations
or ornaments and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
Prepare to cover ALL windows of your home. Note: Tape does not prevent windows
from breaking and is therefore not recommended.
Fill your car's gas tank.
Recheck manufactured home tie-downs.
Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking
water and medications.
Listen to the advise of local officials, and leave if they tell you to do
Complete preparation activities.
If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.
Be aware, the calm "eye" is deceptive; the storm is not over. The worst part
of the storm will happen once the eye passes over and the winds blow from
the opposite direction. Trees, shrubs, buildings and other objects damaged
by the first winds can be broken or destroyed by the second, opposite winds.
Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during and after a hurricane
passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom
Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around
and go another way. If waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the
car and climb to higher ground.
After the storm has passed, use flashlights to inspect your home for damage.
Avoid using candles or matches.