June 1st marks the start of Hurricane Season, which runs through the end of November. Most hurricane experts say this will be an active year for storms, unlike the calm season we experienced last year. Now is the time to prepare for any storm we may face later this year.
First, make sure you have flood insurance. Many of us realized too late that flood waters from hurricanes don't affect just the people on the front beach. Many folks who lived near bayous or drainage canal had flood water during Katrina. There is a 30 day waiting period for flood insurance, so buy it today.
Secondly, take stock of your supplies around the house and make sure you have an adequate supply of bottled water and canned goods that could last for several days. Check your flashlights and put new batteries in them so they will be ready. Also if you have a generator, crank it up and make sure it will run this year.
Discuss with your family where you will evacuate if the need arises. Now is the time to contact a friend or relative upstate or out of state and make those arrangements.
Also, if you have an elderly person in your neighborhood, discuss with them what they will do in case of an evacuation.
With thousands of people still living in FEMA trailers the call for evacuation will come sooner. Please heed what our civil defense and local law enforcement officials say to do.
Our best advice: Be prepared, have a plan and hope for an uneventful season.
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