BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Experts say hurricane preparedness will be more challenging for your wallet this year because of inflation and supply chain problems.
“Every expense that’s related to an evacuation are up,” said Don Redman, a spokesperson for AAA.
Redman says it’s crucial to increase your hurricane budget because of high prices everywhere.
“I would certainly budget about 1,500 a week for evacuation. I know that’s a lot of money,” he said.
Redman says, in 2021, a family of four evacuating for four days cost around $1,000. Now, it will cost you nearly double.
“Hotels have increased anywhere from six to 20 percent, depending on where you’re going,” he said.
People in the Baton Rouge area say they simply can’t afford a hurricane budget this year.
“Gas $4.25 now, I have to work three jobs just to make a living,” said Mia Daigrs.
LSU LaHouse Resource Center Director Dr. Carol Friedland says Louisiana residents will also feel the impact of inflation and supply chain issues after a major disaster.
“Because of the scarce resources in the area, a lot of times the prices will increase due to that scarcity,” said Friedland. “We’re seeing an increase in prices across the board including food, gas, lumber.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the consumer price index jumped to a record-breaking 8.3 percent in April.
Friedland expects prices to increase during the hurricane months, but there are some things you can do now to save.
“It’s also a good time to shop specials on non-perishable food items, so they are not having to stock up the week before. And a lot of times we see a lot of empty shelves in those situations. So really looking at their budget and buying a little bit each week,” she said.
Friedland says homeowners post-disaster can face inflation and supply chain issues during rebuilding. She provides the following tips to avoid excessive damage:
- Use shutters to prevent window damage
- Make sure debris is cleared before a storm
- Use sealant for pipes or wires
- Purchase hurricane kit items like batteries and water now
Experts say if you can’t afford to evacuate this year, check with your local shelters to ensure you have a plan in case of an emergency.