This week, after weeks of silence in the Gulf, Invest 98-L — a flash on the radar just days ago — became Tropical Depression 9, with local meteorologists noting it likely to be a Category 1 hurricane by Sunday.
Yes, it can be a tough time, waiting to see what Mother Nature has in store, but there is time to prepare and there is no better advice than that offered by our fellow New Orleans and hurricane survivors.
Below, the team at Renaissance Publishing shared their tips and essentials for weathering the storm or when preparing to make other arrangements in nearby cities and states.
As someone who keeps cats regularly (but this goes for all animal owners in my opinion!), having convenient pet carriers/portable pet supplies is a must. Take it from someone who doesn’t have a cat carrier (like an asshole) and has had to sit in the car with two crying kittens in a plastic storage container with vents cut out for 13 hours. not amusing. Something like this is a complete life saver. It clips into seat belts, can hold cats and small dogs, their food and drink bowls, and you can keep an eye on them! – Eliza Filo, Sponsored Content Editor
Get a cargo tanker to pull gasoline from your evacuation site (see photo). And if you have a small child – don’t forget to bring a potty seat, or else you’ll break your back and carry the kid hovering over the seat (don’t let Boo touch the Rando gas station toilet). – Sarah George, Artistic Director
I highly recommend a solar charging station. It was worthless to us after Hurricane Ida. Also, put all things in the fridge in bags which may spoil if the power goes out for a long time and leave them there, in case it doesn’t. This way when you come home you can just grab the bag and throw it in the trash if the power goes out and it’s bad or questionable or you can just take things out of the bag and put them where you go. – Melanie Spencer, Editor
Get a portable radio that can be charged with solar energy or a hand crank so you can always get updates when the power goes out. If you’re able to keep devices charged, keep an eye on social media for updates (they often appear there first). Check In With Your Neighbors – You’re Involved Together! – Drew Hawkins, Research Database Coordinator
Get board games – to distract you from the scary storm sounds if you can’t sleep through them. Also… Booze helps too. – Ali Sullivan, Artistic Director
After last year’s storms, people are focusing on getting the infrastructure ready to live without electricity for days or maybe weeks. Wealthy homeowners install whole-house generators that can cost $20,000 or more. People with a few thousand dollars to spend buy portable generators, like this one, to power one window unit, a refrigerator, a TV and an LED lamp or two. People who have to prepare on a tight budget still have options. This solar powered fan, for example, has great reviews. – Rich Collins, News Editor
My suggestion is, if you have children and decide to vacate, try to stay somewhere with a pool and garden near the movie theatre. This way your kids have fun and aren’t locked up in a hotel room. – Tiffany Amedeo, Creative Director
We usually evacuate. Therefore, I recommend creating a packing list beforehand so you don’t scramble to get things together under pressure. – Kim Singletary, Editor
All my local ER to OBGYN buddies say the same thing, because it’s so important. It can be a pain, but plan ahead for each hurricane season and get your prescriptions to supply you with 3 months. If you use hemodialysis, make sure you can set it up where you want it. Pregnant women should always request their records or ensure they access their patient portal to easily obtain the necessary information. I’ve heard it before, but that’s because medical professionals have seen a lot of families deal with terrible hurdles because of problems that can be avoided if you’re prepared. – Andy Meyer, Editor
Don’t ride a storm alone! Not only should we band together during these times, but it is much easier to get past the darkness and heat with others around you. Stock up on books and magazines you’ve been wanting to read and be sure to grab your favorite snacks if you decide to stay. – Kelly Massicott, Digital Editor
Other items to be acquired by the team:
battery powered fan
Additional instances of water
Disinfecting disposable toilet paper (in case you can’t shower!)
Do you have anything to add to our list? Email us at [email protected], subject line: Hurricane Preparedness.
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