Whether you're new to New Orleans or a lifelong resident, chances are you've experienced or at least heard of the devastation that a hurricane can bring. As hurricane season approaches, it's important to establish a plan for every situation to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Have a Plan
As any New Orleanian knows, not all storms are created equal. According to the National Weather Service, over 106 hurricanes and tropical storms have hit Louisiana since the 1850s. Some of these storms are ingrained into the fiber of New Orleans, while others left as fast as they came. No matter the severity of the storm, it's important to have a well-thought-out plan for every situation. Below are steps you can take to help ensure your safety this hurricane season.
Preparing to Shelter in Your Home
Fortunately, there's usually no need to evacuate for most storms. But that doesn't mean you should throw caution to the wind. If you're preparing to shelter at home, be sure to gather enough essential items to last you at least three days, such as:
- Non-perishable food
- A week's worth of your prescriptions
Even in the weakest of storms power and water outages are likely. Charging your electric devices and filling your bathtub with water to clean and flush toilets are simple ways to prepare for the worst. Lastly, be sure to stay informed. Purchasing a battery-operated radio is your best bet to stay in the know if you lose power.
Preparing to Evacuate
Evacuating is rarely fun and can be a tremendous hassle. But in some situations, it's the only way to stay safe. Your first step is figuring out where you're going and how you're going to get there. If that means driving to a relative's home or flying to a vacation destination, it doesn't matter. If a mandatory evacuation order has been issued, leave. If you are unable to evacuate on your own, the City of New Orleans can help. Text EVACNOLA to 77295 to access free transportation.
With a team compiled of some of the most experienced movers in New Orleans, Lee Moving & Storage, Inc. is ready to help you prepare for this hurricane season. Whether that means storing your valuables or moving you to a part of the city less likely to flood, call us or get a quote today to prepare for tomorrow.