Family First: Hurricane Preparation Tips


We’ve already seen the tragic impact of hurricane season on south Louisiana, and we still have more than two months remaining.

In this week’s Family First, we highlight some key preparation tips to keep in mind.

“Well the question is how tough has the hurricane been on families with young children? Extremely tough,” Governor John Bel Edwards said.

Thousands of Louisiana families are picking up the pieces left behind from Hurricane Laura.

“Now you have people with children who are home needing to resume their education, but you also have all the nutrition needs you have to satisfy. All while you are hopefully trying to repair your home.”

While the greater Baton Rouge area was spared by hurricane devastation, many families remain in preparation mode.

Angelica Vicknair with Red Stick Moms added, “When you’re in a situation where you have to evacuate or leave quickly, we tend to rush and forget things.”

Vicknair recommends the use of a family binder to stay organized.

“You put this together ahead of time with all of that valuable information. We recommend water prod sheets for this, so that if things go get left behind, they don’t get ruined. But basic stuff like this, insurance information, pediatrician information, school numbers, mom and dad retirement, all those things you’re trying to log into when you’re not home and you’re rushed, is going to be here in one place.”

Vicknair adds that getting kids involved in the preparation process can help alleviate concerns.

“Be honest with them. They can sense when things are not as they should be. A lot of times, you think they need all this information, and it’s really not as much as you think they need. They will just ask what’s going on, and a very simple direct answer is usually the best. So we say keep kids informed, there is this storm, but mom and dad are going to keep you very safe. We’re going to protect you and we have a plan and maybe get them involved in the plan. For those who are kindergarten and up, they like to be involved, and that’s been helpful with virtual schooling and been helpful with back to school COVID plans, it can be helpful with Hurricane prep too.”

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