As Tropical Storm Isaac makes its through the Gulf Of Mexico many are anxiously waiting to see where it will hit and with what intensity. Most models as of Sunday evening show Isaac moving westward headed for New Orleans, LA. Some models still track Tropical Storm Isaac on its original course which is headed for Destin, FL. As of now all of the northern Gulf Coast is on high alert.

Keep in mind that the strongest side of this storm is contained to the eastern bands. What does this mean? Well even if Isaac makes a direct hit on Louisiana, Mississippi, or Mobile Bay in Alabama, the northern coast of Florida may still sustain a large portion of the stronger winds, heavy rain, and potential spawning tornadoes. The cone of Tropical Storm Isaac is being directed by a High Pressure System off that Atlantic coast of Florida and a Low Pressure System coming across the States. These two systems are pushing Isaac westward. However, if this low pressure system picks up speed it may end up pulling it back into Florida.

Regardless of where Isaac makes landfall, all residents of the northern Gulf Coast need to be prepared. Does it add to the suspense and concern knowing that Isaac shows up in the Gulf on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina? Or that it has now moved into the exact same path? How about, that the Gulf Coast hasn’t seen this much rain since Hurricane Ivan in 2004?

Hurricane hopeful Isaac, is projected to make landfall early Wednesday morning. Models are projecting Isaac to escalate in intensity to a Category 2 with sustained winds of 105 MPH.

Take a look at these tips to make sure you are prepared.

10 Hurricane Tips

  • Get important papers and special photos together and secured in plastic. Be sure to include social security cards, passports, birth certificates, diplomas, titles, property deeds, a copy of your insurance policy, etc. Photos of special occasions or loved ones cannot be replaced so include these as well.
  • Take photos and videos of your property and belongings. This will be beneficial if an insurance claim is needed later.
  • Think about where you will stay ahead of time and make sure you have directions already printed out and ready to go. Have a list of shelters on your route available, just in case.
  • Have a Hurricane Kit: extra cash, batteries, flash lights, battery operated radio, bottled water, toilet paper, non-perishable foods, canned goods, can opener, small cooler, candles, prescriptions, etc.
  • During a large storm you can pretty much count on the power being out for at least a day. Set your refrigerator to its coldest setting. As previously mentioned, have other options for lighting available. If you have a generator, make sure that it is in good operating condition. Some board games and cards aren’t a bad idea either.
  • Board-up. When a storm is on the way plywood becomes scarce. Stock up ahead of time. Boarding up the windows and doors is a great way to help prevent damage to your home. See our Board-Up section for more information. If you don’t have any plywood and time is running out, criss-crossing the windows with layers of duct tape is a good way to add strength to the windows against light-to-medium winds.

Secure the Property

  • Make sure everything outside is either put away or bolted down. Items such as patio sets, grilles, and toys can become destructive in high winds.
  • If you plan on weathering the storm make sure you have plenty of food and water. Fill the bathtub with water as well as pots and pans.
  • Sometimes the dangers present after the storm are worse than the storm itself. Avoid flooded roadways. The water is often times much deeper than it appears if the road is still there at all.
  • Be on the lookout for looters. Unfortunately, some people try to take advantage of the situation for their own personal gain. Keep in contact with your neighbors and if your cell phone is working keep in touch with that authorities as you make your way home.