Get ready for hurricane season now

The 2011 Atlantic Ocean Hurricane Season is literally days away (it starts June 1), and as always, it’s time to review your game plan for taking care of your property and family should Mother Nature send us the worst.
If you want a full overview of exactly what you should do to prepare for the upcoming season, visit the state’s website at, where you can find a complete list of all the items you need. With the way the weather has been acting this year, preparation is probably a very good idea. Who knows what this summer has in store for us. Mother Nature has already proven to our friends and neighbors along the Mississippi River that she can go rogue at a moment’s notice. So it couldn’t possibly hurt to gather up some fresh batteries, a good flashlight, canned goods and all the other essentials you’ll need to ride out the aftermath of a storm.
And now’s the good time to buy these things, because we all know how area stores look in the hours before a storm makes landfall. Instead of standing behind a supermarket buggy and facing aisle after aisle of empty shelves, take a few moments here in May to get the things that others will be scrambling for later.
Now’s also a good time to get those trees and shrubs trimmed. Got a tree with a nasty looking dead limb? This is your time to get with a tree trimming service and get it taken care of. After the storm – when it’s embedded in your roof – you’ll wish you had done it early.
We sincerely hope that this year will be another quiet one for storms here in Louisiana, but the way our luck has been turning lately, preparation is a wise man’s game.
However, if you’re one of those people who’d rather leave things to chance, at least consider making a donation to the American Red Cross for the flood relief along the Mississippi. If you won’t prepare yourself, at least help someone else recover. For more tips, visit

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Posted by on May 17 2011. Filed under Editorials. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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