Hurricane Preparedness Week: Experts share vital advice

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — The National Weather Service is offering tips and tools to help you survive a natural disaster as part of Hurricane Preparedness Week, which kicked off May 1.

Researchers predict another hyperactive hurricane season from last year’s historic season. Experts share the importance of having a plan in place. Charles Woodrum of the Nation Weather Service in Shreveport says the most important document in your hurricane preparedness kit is your insurance

“For people to look at their insurance policies, make sure they’re covered or above the system moving through the area,” said National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist Charles Woodrum.

“So your kit should definitely fit in the storm category, in my opinion. When it’s time for the storm, it’s too late to prepare for the storm. So if you stay ready, you’ll always be ready,” said Fran Pheonix, communications strategist for Cleco.

Planning your survival kit too late can prevent you from preparing for a natural disaster. Cleco customers should prepare for above-normal hurricane season with the tips below.

Prepare a storm kit

Gather supplies you might need during a power outage, including cash, batteries, a battery-powered radio to receive media updates, flashlights, canned food, an opener -manual box, bottled water, medicine and first aid kit.

Make an escape plan in case you need to evacuate

Find out if you live in a flood zone and plan where you would go and how you would get there. Also plan for medical or special needs and pets.

Test your generator to make sure it works

Portable generators, when used properly, can provide backup power to your home or business in the event of a power outage. Always operate your generator according to the manufacturer’s instructions and in an open, well-ventilated area.

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