- Designate an out-of-area contact that your family members can call in case you are separated.
- Place your insurance documents and other important documents (e.g. birth certificates and vehicle registrations) in a waterproof bag and keep them with you.
- If there is time, board up windows and place sandbags around your property.
- Secure any loose items from your yard, like trash cans, lawn furniture, tools, etc.
- Know where to go. Learn evacuation routes and contraflow procedures. Determine where you can stay and how you would get there if you need to evacuate. Find evacuation routes here.
- Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first-aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information.
- If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or obstructed roads.
- Turn off breaker boxes prior to evacuating: This will help prevent electrical surges from destroying your appliances. Also, in the event of water infiltration, This step prevents shorts that can lead to fires.
- Know how to shut off utilities. Know where gas pilots are located and how the heating and air-conditioning system works. If you have any questions, contact your local utility company.
- Never drive through standing water. Underlying currents could carry your vehicle away or trap you in rising floodwater. Find an alternate route. Know your evacuation route and follow the direction of your state and local officials.
- Inspect your property for damage, be safe!
Louisiana Department of Transportation | http://wwwsp.dotd.la.gov/Pages/default.aspx | 225.379.1232
Jeff Davis Parish
St. Landry Parish
St. Martin Parish
St. Mary Parish
Road Closures & Traffic Alerts
- 511LA.org or dial "511" on your mobile phone for real-time traffic information.
- Follow @LA_DOTD @LC_Traffic @LAF_Traffic on Twitter.
Local Weather Alerts
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) | http://www.noaa.gov/
- The Weather Channel | https://weather.com/storms/hurricane-central
- Follow @NWSLakeCharles and @NWSNewOrleans on Twitter.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) | https://www.fema.gov/
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) | https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
- Disaster Customer Service Center: 1-800-659-2955
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