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Post Hurricane Safety

Whether you ride out a storm or evacuate, there are still things to keep in mind once the storm has passed. News15's Carter Simoneaux shows us a few things to keep in mind after a hurricane.

Posted: Jun 17, 2021 10:26 AM
Updated: Jun 17, 2021 10:55 AM

LAFAYETTE - We often hear tips on being prepared before a storm, but what about after the storm is done? The most common phrase we hear after a storm in south louisiana is "Turn around. Don't drown."

Flooding is often left after a hurricane. Emergency officials say driving through flooded roadways not only puts your life at risk, but often ties up first responders whose services could be used elsewhere.

Photo courtesy of NOAA/ CNN

Laments the director for Lafayette Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Craig Stansbury, "People either go around barricades or they think they decide they can drive through water - and obviously what that does is {increase} the calls to 9-1-1, the emergency responders, with something that probably just really doesn't need to happen."

In fact a foot of water will often sweep a car or suv away. 18 inches can even do the same to a large vehicle. There's also dangers in walking through flood waters, as it's very hard to tell how deep the flood is and what lurks underneath the surface.

Adds Stansbury, "When you have deep water that's rushing through, or the currents can be bad, you can have all kinds - you can actually have live wires that were down in that water."

If you are to lose power, be wary of what you put in your body.

"Anything in the refrigerator that was held over four hours with no cold air," explains Mandy Armentor, FCS regional coordinator for LSU AgCenter, "Also, over the temperature of 40 degrees does need to be discarded."

A full freezer can retain cold air longer. If your freezer has ice crystals or if it's below 40 degrees, it's safe to eat. If not, experts say to just not risk it.

Says Armentor, "The last thing you want to deal with is food posioning on top of having to deal with the clean up after the hurricane."

But sometimes the best tip for after a storm is to be prepared before it. As Tiana Suber with FEMA says, "We just need you to just have a plan, make sure all your family is together and practice that plan every now and again to make sure it works."

It's a sentiment echoed by our local emergency workers like Craig Stansbury, who says, "Obviously it makes our job easier, but most importantly is that it can actually save your life."

Here are some further resources to help you during hurricane season:

Get a Gameplan

LSU AgCenter Hurricane Prep Page

LSU AgCenter 3 day food supply 

LSU AgCenter General Information for before and after a storm for your home and property

LSU AgCenter’s La House After a Storm Clean Up

What to keep or toss for both the refrigerator and freezer after a power outage

Consumer Guide to Food Safety After a Hurricane or Flood

Fema Hurricane Prepardness 

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