Hurricane Preparedness

We tend to forget the devastation a hurricane can cause after the years pass by. That's why 16 years after Katrina we need to remember that the next "big one" could come any season. The only defense we have is to be prepared and educated!

Hurricane season begins on June 1st, with peak season running from August through early October. Hurricane season officially ends on November 30th but storms can still happen anytime before or after these dates. 

First Step: Know the Terminology

The best way to identify your threat level with an impending storm is to understand the terminology.

Know what level storm you are dealing with:
Tropical Depression: A tropical cyclone with max sustained winds of 38 mph or less.
Tropical Storm: A tropical cyclone with max sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph.
Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with max sustained winds of 74 mph or higher. 
Major Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with max sustained winds of 111 mph or higher: Category 3 and up on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Know the Difference between a Warning VS. Watch:
Hurricane Watch: Issued when hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area. This watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated tropical-storm-force winds.

Hurricane Warning: Issued to indicate that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the warned area. This warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated tropical-storm-force winds.

Second Step: Have a Plan Out

Once it is confirmed that a hurricane is in your path, have a plan of action in place. Will you evacuate or shelter in place? How many days food
supply do you need? Is your home prepared for a strengthening storm? 

If advised to evacuate: Know your route out, how you will get there, and where you plan to go. Decide in advance if you will need to coordinate with friends and family or if you plan to use public transportation. Tip: During the duration of hurricane season, keep your vehicle service up to date in case of an emergency evacuation. 

If you plan to shelter in place: Identify if your home is in a flood zone and be prepared to move to higher ground if needed. Be ready to live without power, water, gas, phone, and internet for up to 2 weeks. During the storm, stay in a small interior room away from windows if possible. After the storm, do not attempt to travel until first responders have had the chance to safely clear the roads from debris. 

Third Step: Create a Hurricane Prepardness Kit

When preparing to ride out a storm, whether it be a tropical storm to major hurricane, you will need an emergency preparedness kit. Even the weakest of storms can knock out power or cause severe flooding conditions. Your kit should be updated every year and contain the following supplies:
Essentials:
  • Water that lasts for at least 5 days
  • Non-perishable food and snack items like canned foods, pastas, cereals, and powdered milk products.
  • Extra Batteries, Flashlights, and Weather Radio
  • First Aid Kit and Medications
  • Toiletries
  • Solar-powered chargers
  • Generator and gas
  • Multi-purpose tools and duct tape
  • Local maps and evacuation guides
Pet Essentials:
  • Extra water and food
  • Medications
  • Pet First Aid Kit
  • Medical Records
  • Toys and chews
  • Bowls and food storage
  • Cat litter box, litter, litter scoop, and garbage bags
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and secure carriers 
  • Shampoo and grooming supplies
  • Pet identification tags

Free Hurricane Ready Inspection

During hurricane season it's important to keep up with your vehicle's service maintenance schedule. If you have to evacuate quickly, you'll need your car to be running in tip-top shape!

Schedule a free vehicle inspection with our certified techs to insure a safe ride all season long. 

Upcoming Events

Baldwin Subaru has partnered with the St. Tammany Fire District #8 and Northshore Food Bank to hand out 100 FREE hurricane preparedness kits to the public that will include:
- Solar-powered storm radio, flashlight, and charger.
- Water & non-perishable snacks.
- Personal Hygiene Items & Insect Repellant
- First aid kit, extra batteries, and multi-purpose tool.
- Informational handouts on pet preparedness and general tips.
- Coupon for a free "Hurricane Ready Inspection".
- Local road map with evacuation routes.
September is historically the most active month of hurricane season. Stop by the St. Tammany Fire District #8 or Northshore Food Bank for a FREE kit on Saturday, September 11th.