Storm Safety Tips

Storm Safety Tips

As with any weather-related event, advanced preparation is key to preventing damages and ensuring safety. There are measures you can do well in advance of a storm, and there are actions you will need to take immediately prior to a storm. Our suggestions are outlined below. If you have tips you would like to add, we would like to hear from you. Please submit your suggestions using our form at the end of this article.

General Preparatory Guidelines

Heavy rainstorms bring with it the potential for localized flooding, high winds and power outages. Prepare for these events by having the following measures in place all-year round:

  • Keep your electric and natural gas company's emergency number on or near your phone.

  • Keep your water department's or water company's number on or near your phone.

  • Have at least one telephone in your home, parish or office that does not need electricity (wall plug style or cellular). Cordless phones do not work when there is a power outage.

  • Know ahead of time when and how to safely turn off your electric, gas and water supplies. Have the tools available to turn off these services if it becomes necessary to do so.

  • If someone in your residence uses life-sustaining equipment, such as a respirator, contact your utility company in advance; they can advise you on how to prepare in the event of a power outage.

  • Make temporary plywood covers to protect windows and sliding doors, especially if you live in a coastal community. Drill holes for screws or lag bolts in each cover and around each window. Note: Taping of windows does not prevent them from breaking.

  • Put together an emergency kit in the event you lose power for an extended period of time. Include non-perishable food items, bottled water, first aid kit, disinfectant hand soap, and batteries. For a more complete list, please download our Emergency Kit Checklist.

  • Have a battery-powered NOAA radio on hand, along with a stash of batteries.

  • Have flashlights for each room in your home/office, along with extra batteries.

  • Purchase surge protectors for computers and other high-end electronic equipment.

  • Have a backup system in place for important computer files.