The following are steps you should take during a hurricane:

  • Do not go outside unless it is absolutely necessary. When the winds get very strong, you are in danger of being hit by flying objects.
  • Stay away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
  • Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve.
  • Children should not be taken outside, since they may be in danger of being blown away.
  • If you are away from home, remain where you are until the hurricane has passed. Many people have lost their lives trying to go from one place to another.
  • Alert parish disaster coordinator and police when evacuating premises.
  • Obey evacuation order, if issued... READ MORE


  • Check with parish disaster coordinator for available shelters in your area.
  • Find out about adequate amenities/facilities at shelter ahead of time.
  • Carry enough food and water for three days. Don’t expect to be fed by emergency crew.
  • Take with you medication, first-aid kit and change of clothes.
  • Wear comfortable footwear such as sneakers or water boots if flooding is likely.
  • Also take blanket, pillow and sleeping bag.


  • Seek medical attention at first-aid stations, hospitals or clinics for persons injured during the storm. 
  • Do not touch loose or dangling electrical wires. Report these to the power company, the nearest police station or parish council. 
  • Report all broken sewer or water mains directly to the parish council, the public works department or water resources authority for your area….READ MORE