Disasters don't plan ahead. You can.
At HandsOn, we've responded to a number of disasters (check out our response efforts page) and have learned a lot from these experiences. We have compiled a list of tips and FAQ's that will help you become better prepared for when disaster strikes!
make sure you know where all of your important documents are prior to an emergency. We recommend that you keep everything together in a safe, hidden space.
have a family plan- Talk to each other at the dinner table about possible disasters (A hurricane, tornado, etc) and create a plan of action. Use these questions to get your conversation started:
- Where will we meet?
- What will we take with us?
- What if the power goes out?
- What if I don't have my phone?
MAke sure you are receiving local and national emergency alerts. For new orleans, you can visit ready.nola.gov and sign up for alerts via email, text, or phone calls
When should I evacuate?
- There is a mandatory evacuation for any hurricane Category 3 or higher. For category 1 or 2 hurricanes, evacuation is not always mandatory but encouraged.
What should I take with me when I evacuate?
- Official documents (Insurance, license, passport, etc)
- First aid kit
What do I need if I choose to shelter in place?
- 3 days of non-perishable goods per person
- 3 gallons of water per day per person
- Flashlights and batteries
- Books, games, and entertainment in case power goes off
- Non-electric can opener