The first sign of hurricane season is when hurricane-themed public service announcements begin filling commercial breaks on TV, radio and highway signs. It’s also time to stock up on water and nonperishable food items, get out the tarps and duct tape and start thinking about your emergency plan.
It’s no secret that Louisiana is vulnerable to storms. Since 1851, 301 hurricanes have made landfall in the state. That’s third most among all states in the nation, according to NOAA. Of those 301, 62 were major hurricanes – Category 3 or higher.
Many of those catastrophic hurricanes – including Katrina, Rita, and Wilma – hit Southeast Louisiana and south Mississippi. And despite recent years of below-average tropical cyclone activity, the risk for damage remains real.
This year is already shaping up to be a quiet hurricane season. But it’s important for Louisiana residents to keep in mind the importance of hurricane preparedness. Creating an emergency kit and plan, making sure your home is safe and secure, and having adequate property insurance are critical.
While 2023 is predicted to be a below-average hurricane season, it’s always best to take precautions and be prepared. If you’re a homeowner in Louisiana, now is the time to review your policy and ensure you have adequate coverage. Entergy customers can find information and checklists to help prepare for hurricane season at the company’s Storm Center, as well as tips on how to prepare for a power outage during a severe weather event.