Hurricane Season

Living in Slidell you may not get a hurricane each year, but it’s a good idea to prepare for one.

Hurricane Season is officially between June 1st and November 30th each year, however, Slidell and the Gulf Coast will see increased activity usually during the month of August when the waters are the warmest in the Gulf of Mexico.

With a few days notice, residents will prepare differently based on the size and strength of an upcoming storm.

CHOOSING TO RIDE IT OUT

Storms with a category number of 1 or 2 may only bring windy weather and minimal street flooding, so some residents will choose to stay home.

Stock up on bottled water and non-perishable food items in case you lose electricity or purchase a generator to keep the fridge going.

You may want to board your windows – purchase plywood at your local hardware store – to prevent any flying debris from coming in.

Have a hurricane party! Waiting for the storm to end can seem like forever, some locals will invite neighbors, friends and family over for a “hurricane party” to pass the time.

Selling Your Home During Hurricane Season

CHOOSING TO LEAVE TOWN

A storm with higher intensity can mean increased damage, not only to your home but harmful for your family.

If you choose to take a mini vacay until the storm passes, keep these things in mind:

  • bring any important documents with you such as birth certificates, insurance policies, and property deeds
  • your home could get water inside, bring unreplaceable items with you such as wedding photos
  • take your pets with you!
  • plan your trip ahead, there may be many other people leaving – hotels fill up, gas stations run out

It may sound scary if you are not from here, locals have been through so many we just go through the motions of a storm.

We accept it as part of life and always look on the bright side of things. We always make it through the storm.