“Don’t be worried. Don’t be afraid. Just be ready“. That seems to be what the university and government authorities are saying to people in Baton Rouge.
Most international students and scholars in Baton Rouge probably have not experienced a hurricane. Some have asked me what they should do. So we want to send some useful information to everyone on our email list.
1) I have attached our English Conversation lesson on hurricanes. It includes information on how to prepare. Please look at it.
2) This is what the LSU Emergency Operations Center sent to me this morning. I have changed some of the language so it is easier to understand.
— Have a flashlight that works. Have enough batteries for several days.
— If you have a car fill it with gas now. Sometimes it is difficult to buy gasoline before and after a hurricane.
–Have enough drinking water (bottled) for at least three days. About one gallon (four liters) for each person for each day.
–Buy food that cannot go “bad” (does not need refrigerator or freezer). And buy food that you do not need to cook. Enough for at least one week.
–If you buy canned food, make sure you have a “manual” can opener that does not need electricity.
–Make sure you have all important documents, including insurance papers. Put them together so that if you need to leave Baton Rouge you can take them with you.
2b) Let us add a few other points.
–Clean your bathtub and fill it with water.
–Back up your important computer files! Cover/protect your computer so it does not get wet.
–Wash clothes now.
–Pack one small suitcase with clothes and “toiletries” in case you need to leave your apartment or leave Baton Rouge. (Not everyone will agree with this.)
–Make or buy ice.
3) Check the news – television, internet, radio. If you have cable channel 18 is good for weather. I often check www.weather.com.
4) Some things you should do now. Some things you can wait until before the storm.
Do not worry. Do not be afraid. Just be ready.