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Word to the wise: be prepared for rough weather

Last week, Bogalusa experienced a storm that caused damage, as winds were gusting up to 45 miles per hour.

Damage to the area was reported and the storm also caused power outages in Bogalusa.

It was just a reminder that even though we thankfully haven’t had a hurricane hit the area this year, we’re still in the middle of hurricane season.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 until Nov. 30.

We always need to be prepared for a possible hurricane or storm and so that we’re not running out at the last minute trying to buy the essentials if a hurricane is coming our way. That is a time when we need to be protecting our homes, families, and making plans in case it does hit or an evacuation is called.

Make sure you’re stocked up on food that will keep and bottled water.

Be sure to know evacuation routes well ahead of time if needed. You should also be stocked up on batteries, while making sure flashlights work.

You should also get plywood so you can protect your home from a hurricane’s wrath.

If it looks like a hurricane is coming our way, be sure you have a full tank of gas in your vehicle in case of an evacuation and keep a close ear to the weather people.

The storm last week could have been much worse. Thankfully it wasn’t, but it was a reminder that we need to be prepared for anything that Mother Nature throws our way.