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Hurricane Season Approaching: Don't Be Caught Off Guard

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The onset of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is slated for June 1st. Forecasts and expert analyses indicate an exceptionally active season ahead, poised to potentially break records in both storm frequency and intensity. Various climatic factors are shaping this year's hurricane outlook, carrying the potential to profoundly affect not only the U.S. coastline but also regions beyond.

PREPARATION IS KEY to minimizing the impact of a storm on you and your family, and the optimal time to begin is before the threat becomes imminent. As part of our ongoing hurricane preparedness efforts, AARP Louisiana is collaborating with community partners to provide you with the latest information and resources. These resources will assist you in safeguarding yourself and your loved ones before, during, and after a storm.

Hurricane Preparedness Tips, American Red Cross
How to Navigate FEMA, FEMA Region 6
Post Hurricane Fraud, BBB
Avoiding Contractor Fraud, Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
Generator Safety - Baton Rouge Fire Department
5 Quick Things to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

Here are a few steps you can take RIGHT NOW to get prepared.

  • Download our 2020 COVID-19 UPDATED Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Adults Age 50+ English Spanish
  • Create a Family Disaster Plan: Ensure all family members are aware of whom to contact and where to meet in case of an emergency. Share and familiarize everyone with the plan and emergency contact numbers.
  • Key Numbers: Prioritize communication by noting down essential numbers, including those of family members and service providers. Safeguard these numbers outside of your regular contacts list in case of phone loss, damage, or prolonged power outages.
  • Prepare a Go-Bag: Assemble a Go-Bag containing food, water, personal essentials, COVID-19 supplies, medications, electronics, and cash. Store it in an easily accessible location like a front hall closet or garage for quick retrieval during an evacuation. Refer to our detailed list of Go-Bag essentials for guidance HERE.
  • Inventory Your Belongings: Document your possessions before a disaster strikes to facilitate insurance claims. Capture detailed videos or photos of each room in your home to create a comprehensive inventory.
  • Protect Important Documents: Safeguard vital documents to streamline the recovery process post-disaster. Store physical copies in sealed plastic bags, create digital backups in cloud storage, and exchange duplicates with trusted friends or family members residing outside the affected area.













ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
American Red Cross of Louisiana
Get a Game Plan Louisiana
State Of Louisiana Governors Office of Homeland Security (GOHSEP)
FEMA
National Hurricane Center
National Weather Service
SBP Hurricane Resources
Ready.gov
CDC
Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana
Louisiana Attorney General

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