Hurricane Season is upon us until November 30. As Louisiana prepares for another hurricane season, the City of New Roads reminds you to stay safe and be prepared. Remember that if a storm hits our area, prepare to be on your own for the first 72 hours. During this time, City crews will be very busy trying to clear primary roadways and restore order. If a storm does hit our area, stay away from downed power lines-do not touch them. Electric crews will be working diligently to restore power as quickly as possible.
When a Hurricane Threatens…
A Hurricane Watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours. A Hurricane Warning is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in a specified coastal area in 24 hours or less. Hurricane conditions include winds of 74 miles an hour (64 knots) and/or dangerously high tides and waves. Actions for protection of life and property should begin immediately when the warning is issued. If local authorities recommend evacuation, you should leave! Their advice is based on knowledge of the strength of the storm and its potential for death and destruction.
This list should be used only as a guide, since individual requirements will obviously differ from person to person and home to home.The following information will assist you in your preparations for the arrival of a hurricane.
Follow these safety tips to protect your family and your home:
1. Check often for official bulletins on reliable social media sources, radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio
2.If your power goes out, unplug appliances and electronics to prevent power surges when electricity is restored.
3.If you have a portable generator, set it up outside in a well-ventilated area. Operating a portable generator inside your home or garage can cause suffocation and plugging a generator directly into a home’s main electrical system can create an electrocution hazard for utility workers.
4. If your home experiences water leaks or flooding, shut off the power to your home until a licensed electrician can inspect the electrical wiring.
5.If you smell natural gas, evacuate the building immediately and call the gas company’s emergency number.
6.Fill bathtubs and the washing machine with water to clean with and to operate toilets.
7.Clear the patio and yard of lawn furniture, toys, potted plants and other items that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
8.Create a hurricane survival kit that includes: first aid supplies, drinking water (at least one gallon per person, per day), batteries, flashlights, a battery powered radio, manual can opener, prescriptions, baby food, diapers, pet food, canned foods, cash, tarps, rope, bleach, trash bags, charcoal or gas grill with plenty of fuel, wooden kitchen matches, and a portable cooler. Consider using a hard – wired, corded phone, as cordless phones will not work during a power outage.
9.Fuel your car with gasoline.
10.Fill propane gas tanks.
11.Fill coolers with ice
13.Move to safe shelter
14.Tape, board or shutter windows to prevent shattering
15.Wedge sliding glass doors to prevent lifting from tracks
16.Bring in pets
17.Turn up refrigerator to maximum cold and only open when necessary
18.Use phone only for emergencies
Hurricane Emergency Contact Information
Here are some important phone numbers to remember during a hurricane.
- Emergencies: 911
- City of New Roads Police Department: 225.638.9808
- City of New Roads Fire Station: 225.638.7525
- Reporting Downed Utility Lines: 225.638.5360
- PC Electric:225-638-3751 or 1-800-738-7232
- Pointe Coupee General Hospital: 225.638.6331
- American Red Cross: 225.291.4533
- FEMA: 1800-621-FEMA (3362), www.fema.gov
- National Weather Service www.weather.gov/
Hurricane Preparedness Resources:
Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness: http://getagameplan.org/?fbclid=IwAR36ATcuYp7vVzsRZe4aUTUYe8OPue3yNm-YddXGvfIBaHGpB_l4nuB6iBA
NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?fbclid=IwAR2o9BsCmAJLLCyFetDdmpHoAGRKfVVuD8OAF0JKTbPs2JZa-YyK4-dLlR8
US National Weather Service New Orleans Louisiana: https://www.weather.gov/lix/?fbclid=IwAR2dTaFpTxNwbrP-WJnh5t3RILuKOFXvJFpnKST1cn_xpDs_uHe-d0_ohWQ
Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide: http://www.lsp.org/pdf/2016EmergencyGuide_English.pdf
Department of Homeland Security: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes