(September 15, 2022) According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), above average and record-breaking temperatures paired with ongoing La Niña conditions make for a busy storm season this year. For the east and gulf coast states, August through October are considered peak hurricane months, with September being the most active time for tropical storms.
Superstorms, cyclones, hurricanes and other extreme weather episodes are never far from the horizon. Hurricane Ida swept through nine states last year, devastating Louisiana but also demonstrating by its persistent path, that the effects of extreme weather can be far reaching and the flooding, catastrophic.
There are a number of actions that you can take to prepare for potential storms ahead, including:
- having enough plywood to board up windows and garage doors (the “weakest link” in a housing structure)
- creating an emergency plan that covers where to seek shelter, whether that shelter is pet-friendly, and where to meet after a storm
- putting together a “storm supplies kit” that includes non-perishable foods, drinking water, medicines, pet food, and emergency clothing
- follow the local news for weather tips and the latest reports
- familiarize yourself with your evacuation routes
- gather phone chargers, cell phones, laptops and other technology-related items for quick access
You can also visit https://hurricanestrong.org/ where you can download a “Family Hurricane Preparedness Guide” containing additional information and recommendations to help families be proactive in preparing for potential storms ahead.
Please remember that our Customer Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergencies. You can find your utility operating company number by visiting www.centralstateswaterresources.com and clicking on “Find Your Community” in the top right corner.