12 Sep Hurricane Season in New Orleans
What to Know About Hurricane Season
Anyone who lives in Southern Louisiana knows that Hurricane Season, which generally lasts from August until November, causes residents a great deal of anxiety. With the recent flooding in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, Crescent City Law wants to make sure you are prepared for a hurricane.
During these months, everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Your friends and family may not be together when a catastrophic weather event takes place. You may have to evacuate, or you may be confined to your home. What will you do if your water, gas, electricity and telephone services are shut off?
The National Hurricane Center recommends putting together an emergency hurricane kit, and keeping it in your house at all times. A basic emergency kit should include the following:
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
- Three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered radio
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to filter contaminated air
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener
- Cell phone with chargers and a back up battery
Additionally, pet owners should have plans to care for their animals. The National Hurricane Center recommends the following:
- Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets.
- Find pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route and keep a list in your pet’s emergency kit.
- Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter.
- Consider an out-of-town friend or relative
- Locate a veterinarian or animal hospital in the area where you may be seeking temporary shelter, in case your pet needs medical care. Add the contact information to your emergency kit.
- Have your pet microchipped and make sure that you not only keep your address and phone number up-to-date, but that you also include contact info for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
If you decided to wait out a storm, be extremely careful. Storms can be deceptive. It may seem like the storm is over after the eye passes, but the winds can change direction and then pick up speed. Also, the hurricane can cause a delayed storm surge, rains, and tornadoes. Please stay safe during Hurricane Season. For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit www.nhc.noaa.gov.
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In the wake of severe weather, your personal property may be damaged or ruined. Property damage estimates are difficult to make, and can often be grossly inaccurate. You’ll want to carefully document all the damage, and meet all the appropriate deadlines. And, even when you’ve done this, insurance companies may find reasons to deny or significantly underpay your claim. Luckily, you can dispute these claims.
Many insurance companies will find ways to avoid paying you for your injuries and property damages. Disputing your claim requires meticulously documenting your loss and having evidence of the loss supported by experts. At Crescent City Law, we work with expert independent adjusters who can help you prove that your home or car is worth more than the insurance company is willing to. Additionally, if you suffered an injury due to a car wreck during the flooding, we can handle you personal injury claim as well.