Tropical Depression 9 was probably heading to Louisiana. Prepare now

Hurricane information provided by OEP Director Mary Jones

Tropical Depression 9 seems to be going this way, and it’s a good idea to be prepared for Hurricane Laura a year later.

The following information is provided by La AgCenter.

Louisiana was hit hard by a series of natural disasters last year. And while there is no way to be 100% prepared, LSU AgCenter recommends steps to minimize potential damage and loss. These include the availability of backyards, homes, pet arrangements, and food and cleaning supplies. Agene’s food safety expert, Wenni Hu, said it was important to clean up after a storm, such as soap, hand sanitizer, wipes, or general household cleaning and supplies.

A three-day water supply is essential. “It is better to buy bottled water and prepare one gallon of water per person per day,” he said. To keep food safe in the event of a power outage, close your refrigerator and freezer doors as much as possible. “Frozen foods can still be safely replenished if ice crystals are still on top or at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit[40 ° C]or less,” he said. She also says that if you need to clean utensils, pots and pans, there is a temperature sensor and a food thermometer.

Sandra May, an educator and registered dietitian, said foods that should not be refrigerated before or after the opening of a hurricane should not be spoiled within a few days, and should not be prepared for preparation. Without electricity.

“Make sure you have at least three days of food for each family member,” she said. Remember, too, that you have enough food for your pets. Another step in preparing for a hurricane is to make sure your home is ready.

AgCenter Housing Specialist Claude Ritchell remembers the letter “s” for housing projects. She has to inspect shingles, sofas, seals, closures and areas. For homeowners who want to replace a roof, storm-resistant alternatives such as wind-rated shingles (Class H is best) and tear-resistant, artificial cover. But if a replacement is not in the plans, Rachel said homeowners could reinforce existing urinals with roof cement. “Put some pumpkins under the first onion course and on the most vulnerable end of the rope,” she said. Roof damage following hurricanes is the biggest loss for homeowners.

Rachel also recommends securing sofas with polyurethane packing and stainless steel bolts. “Well-fitted sofas are less likely to fly around, allow wind to blow into your roof, and cause serious damage,” he said. Cheap cake wires, cables and pipes can be used to seal holes in or out of your home. Flying debris can damage windows during strong winds. Panels such as lightweight portable hurricane panels are a great alternative to heavy punch boards, says Rachel.

According to AgCenter gardener Heather Kirk-Ballard, storms can be dangerous during storms. She advises to examine large trees and shrubs for dead branches. A licensed farmer must remove any trees or large branches that may cause problems. “Make sure everything that is carried away by a strong wind is safe,” she said. That includes tools, chemicals, shaking and plants.

Protecting drainage systems from waste is an important step in preventing rainwater runoff. Preparation means preparing pets and cattle for the storm. According to Agistentster Veterinarian Christine Navarre, microchip animals can help you if they are separated from your pet in any way. Navarre recommends storing ID numbers online in the cloud so you can retrieve them anywhere. She also has an emergency travel kit containing contact information for veterinarians, medicines, food and supplies.

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