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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Homeowners guide helps prepare for natural hazards

Homeowners guide helps prepare for natural hazards

Hurricane season is just around the corner ... it runs from June 1st through November 30th (National Hurricane Center, And now is a good time to begin preparing to protect property and loved ones.

A great way to get a jump-start on this is with a new Louisiana Sea Grant publication entitled "Louisiana Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards".

This handbook helps explain how the forces of nature, including high winds, heavy rain, and storm surge, affect structures. It also presents ways to help strengthen homes against these forces and to minimize the effects of storms on property and people.

According to Melissa Daigle, resiliency specialist with Louisiana Sea Grant, "There are tips and information specific to Louisiana residents for preparing evacuation plans and kits, construction practices, retrofitting, shutter styles, insurance information and emergency contact numbers. Basically everything a homeowner needs to know in coastal Louisiana to be best prepared for coastal hazards."

The handbook is available free from coastal LSU AgCenter offices and by download at It can also be ordered for $5 - to cover postage and handling - by emailing Jessica Schexnayder at

General topics covered in the guide include: Natural hazards - an overview for homeowners, Protecting yourself and your family, Protecting your property, and Protecting your property with insurance.

"Mississippi and Alabama have already completed the books. Louisiana is the third state of the five Gulf coast states to complete a handbook," said Daigle. "The goal of the project is to help build a more resilient coast by getting important information into the hands of homeowners along Louisiana's coast."

Custom tailored for Louisiana homeowners, this handbook is a must for helping you get ready for natural hazards and should be part of everyone's "Grab-And-Go Box" … especially if you don’t know what a grab-and-go box is!

Alan Matherne is the LSU AgCenter / Louisiana Sea Grant Coastal & Fisheries Outreach Agent for Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Assumption parishes. He can be contacted at 985-873-6495 or His articles and blogs are posted at You can "Friend" him on Facebook at and follow his "Tweets" on Twitter at