Hurricanes: General Resources

Louisiana Hurricane Resources

Preparedness & Recovery: General Resources

American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Kits – Emergencies can strike at any time. These kits contain either one or three days of supplies for an adult, including water, food, radio, a flashlight, batteries and more.

Introduction to Storm Surge (PDF) – by the National Hurricane Center — This portal, first announced at the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative Demo Day, features disaster-related datasets, tools, and updates on how to get involved.

When a hurricane strikes, will you be ready? It’s critical that you are, for your safety and your family’s. The key is to have a winning game plan. —

As an aid to policy makers, scientists and the public in understanding the large-scale forces and smaller-scale scientific, social and political background to disaster, Science is making available, free to all visitors, the following selection of past articles related to hurricanes, coastal disasters and disaster policy:

Most disaster checklists include recommendations to keep a three-day food supply on hand for each person, but just exactly what does that mean? What’s A 3-Day Food Supply?

With this year’s hurricane season starting, LSU AgCenter experts say stocking up on supplies now makes sense. Stock Up On Hurricane Supplies Now

If you have pets or livestock, your family’s disaster plans need to include what you’ll do with them. Do You Have A Disaster Plan For Your Animals?

Take some precautions during hurricane season if you have a boat moored, docked or stored in a recreational harbor along the Gulf Coast. Protect Your Boat During Hurricane Season

An “evacuation box” that’s ready to “grab and go” is one item every household should have to prevent financial disasters and other hardships. Be Ready If You Need To ‘Grab And Go’; Pack ‘Evacuation Box’ Now

Take this 20-question quiz to refresh your memory about storm precautions you can take now that can save time, money and hassles after a storm. Have The Right Answers Before Storm; Take ‘Hurricane Quiz’ Now

The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center has a variety of publications on disaster recovery available online. For example: Cleaning up after the Storm. Storm Recovery Guide is a 32-page booklet with the combined content of about 30 fact sheets. Missouri also picked up Navigating the Post-Disaster Mortgage Issues (PDF) and Keeping Food and Water Safe Before, During and After a Disaster (PDF) .

For general information about disaster recovery and preparedness, the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center has compiled various articles on their Disaster Information portal.

Rebuilding Resources is an extensive website developed for recovery from mass devastation – from getting started (recovery, getting your finances in order, thinking about what you want to do), to building codes and permits, and hazard-resistance, energy efficiency and indoor air quality in designing, rebuilding and repairing homes.

Recovery after Disaster: Family Financial Toolkit : discusses strategies and provides tools that can help you move along the road towards financial recovery.

A disaster response and recovery Web site developed by North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University Cooperative Extension.

Find answers to 2,000 drinking water and human health questions arranged into 12 subtopics at Drinking Water and Human Health FAQs.

Recovering from a Storm: Food Safety Infosheets

  • Flooding — Flooding can lead to increased food safety risks associated with garden-grown produce.
  • Frozen Foods — If the power goes out what can I keep? Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. You may safely re-freeze foods that still contain ice crystals or that have been kept at 41ºF or below.
  • Kitchen Cleanup After a Flood
  • Meal Preparation After a Power Failure — After a power failure, you might not have heat, refrigeration, or water. To prepare food when you have no power, follow these guidelines.
  • Refrigerated Foods — If the power goes out what can I keep? Keep the refrigerator doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.
  • Safe Food After a Flood — What can I keep?

Floodwaters carry contaminants and toxins, and power outages lead to spoiling. Here is a complete list of food safety practices in times of natural disaster: What Will You Do When A Disaster Strikes?

The University of Missouri has created this start to finish, step-by-step guide to clean and restore a flood-damaged home.

North Dakota State University has created an app called the Disaster Recovery Log that is designed to help you easily record and compile damage caused by natural disasters for FEMA and insurance purposes. Access the download for the app at

The Alabama Extension website has made an emergency handbook covering topics of natural disaster mitigation, planning and preparedness available here: To access their general website click here: