Preparing a home for a hurricane both in the short term and long term _lowres

(THIS MAN MAY BE IN STORY> TS ) Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING. Photo shot on 8-29-08 00013676a Gustav Shopping Kenneth Washington of Baton Rouge loads sheets of plywood into his van at The Home Depot, 10300 Coursey Blvd., getting ready to weatherproof the windows of his home in anticipation for strong winds from Hurricane Gustav. Meet George Morris at 10am at the Advocate newsroom for a METRO assignment about what people are buying for preparation of Gustav.

When officials order an evacuation, don’t wait. Hopefully, you and your family have prepared and can respond immediately. Drive safely and expect traffic to be heavy. Keep your gas tank filled. If you don’t have a car, try to have a plan, like leaving with a neighbor, friend or relative. Let others know when you leave and where you are going. Bring a list of emergency phone numbers.

Before you leave

Secure your home

Turn off gas, water and electricity

Board up windows

Draw drapes across windows

Brace garage doors

Bring in outdoor furniture and other loose objects; anchor items you cannot bring inside

Place boats on trailers, tie them down close to home and fill with water

Lock all windows and doors

What to bring

Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

Food, at least a three-day supply of non perishable food

Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

Flashlight and extra batteries

First aid kit

Whistle to signal for help

Dust mask to help filter contaminated air, and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Manual can opener for food

Local maps

Cellphone with charger, inverter or solar chargers

Prescription medications and glasses

Infant formula and diapers

Pet food and extra water for your pet

Cash or traveler’s checks and change

Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.

Emergency reference material such as a first aid book

Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes

Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. To make a disinfectant, dilute to nine parts water to one part bleach. Or in an emergency, you can use bleach to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color-safe or bleaches with added cleaners.

Fire extinguisher

Matches in a waterproof container

Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils

Paper and pencil

Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

First aid kit

In any emergency, a family member or you may suffer an injury. If you have these basic first aid supplies, you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.

Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. You may consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.

Two pairs of latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to latex

Sterile dressings to stop bleeding

Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes

Antibiotic ointment

Burn ointment

Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes

Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant


Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.

Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies

Nonprescription drugs, including aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid and laxative

Other first aid supplies, including scissors, tweezers and a tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Nonperishable food

Consider the following things when putting together your emergency food supplies:

Store at least a three-day supply of non perishable food.

Choose foods your family will eat.

Remember special dietary needs.

Avoid foods that will make you thirsty

Choose salt-free crackers, whole-grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content

Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation:

Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

Protein or fruit bars

Dry cereal or granola

Peanut butter

Dried fruit



Canned juices

Nonperishable pasteurized milk

High-energy foods


Food for infants

Comfort/stress foods