As we are currently seeing some of the damage that is hitting New Orleans, we realize that we have also been faced with storms in the past. There have been far too many to name and regardless of whether it is a tropical storm or hurricane, one thing you want to do is make sure that your family is protected.

Earlier today, Sheriff Tony Mancuso released some worthy tips that you should consider along with your family and friends on how to prepare for Tropical Storm Barry and the chances of it forming into a hurricane over the weekend. While there are times that we have ridden out the storms before, we need to hold account for the what-ifs under these circumstances.

Check out the list of helpful tips below from Sheriff Mancuso.

BEFORE A HURRICANE

  • Plan an evacuation route.
  • Have disaster supplies on hand (flashlights and extra batteries, first aid kit and manual, battery-operated radio and extra batteries, emergency food and water, non-electric can openers, essential medicines, cash, credit cards and sturdy shoes).
  • Make arrangements for pets.
  • Ensure that family members know how to respond after a hurricane.
  • Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police or fire department.
  • Protect windows.
  • Trim back dead or weak branches from trees.
  • Check into flood insurance.
  • Develop an emergency communication plan so that family members can reunite if separated.

DURING A HURRICANE WARNING

  • Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions.
  • If in a mobile home, check tie-downs and evacuate immediately.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.
  • Avoid elevators.

IF AT HOME:

  • Stay inside. Keep away from windows or glass doors.
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.  Avoid open flames such as candles.
  • If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power “surge” when electricity is restored.

IF YOU MUST EVACUATE:

  • Leave as soon as possible.  Avoid flooded roads and bridges.
  • Unplug appliances and turn off electricity and the main water valve.
  • Tell someone out of the storm area where you are going.
  • Elevate furniture to protect it from flooding, if time permits.
  • Bring pre-assembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing.
  • Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.
  • Lock up home and leave.