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Updates: "TALK OF THE WEEK" Isaac Hits Hard... How To Prepare!

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Never hurts to be prepared!

As Tornado/ Tropical Storm/ Hurricane Isaac rips through the Caribbean, pushes over Cuba and sweeps across Haiti.... it has already caused at least four deaths.

Isaac will even sink at least one day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa...

The path looks to be heading towards Florida, Louisiana, the Gulf and surrounding states for next few days.... so whether you live in it's path or not, it's safe to GET PREPARED for you and your family!


With its massive size and ponderous movement, a strengthening Isaac's direct aim seems to have dodged Florida and now DIRECTLY at New Orleans. Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, Isaac could impact well beyond the city limits this time. The storm's winds could be felt more than 200 miles from its center.

Click here for the latest updates and Isaac's path.


Listen to the "Talk of the Week"below:

Make a Plan

Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

If your waiting out the storm...
  • Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in your home (an interior room, a closet or bathroom on the lower level).
  • If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
  • If you lose power, turn off major appliances such as the air conditioner and water heater to reduce damage.
  • Do not use electrical appliances, including your computer.
  • Do not go outside. If the eye of the storm passes over your area, there will be a short period of calm, but at the other side of the eye, the wind speed rapidly increases to hurricane force and will come from the opposite direction. Also, do not go outside to see "what the wind feels like." It is too easy to be hit by flying debris.
  • Beware of lightning. Stay away from electrical equipment. Don't use the phone or take a bath/shower during the storm.


  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger


    Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. You may consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.

    • Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex
    • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
    • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
    • Antibiotic ointment
    • Burn ointment
    • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
    • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
    • Thermometer
    • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
    • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies

    Non-prescription drugs:

    • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
    • Anti-diarrhea medication
    • Antacid
    • Laxative

    Other first aid supplies:

    • Scissors
    • Tweezers
    • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

    Staying at a Public Shelter:

    Area public shelters are for people who have no other place to go. If you must stay in a shelter, listen to news broadcasts for announcements of shelter openings. Shelter volunteers do their best to make you comfortable, but a shelter is not a very comfortable place. Stay with friends or relatives if at all possible.


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