IATSE Disaster Response shares hurricane preparedness tips ahead of Ida

Probably Path of Hurricane Ida

With Hurricane Ida strengthening as it approaches the gulf coast, the following was emailed to members in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama:

Sisters, Brothers, and Kin,

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has forecasted “Tropical Depression Nine” to approach the Gulf Coast at or near major hurricane intensity on Sunday, August 29th. You can track the storm and stay informed at NOAA National Hurricane Center

Thus, we would like to take this opportunity to share the following storm preparedness information with you:

Do you have a plan of action together for this storm? Have you taken any of these steps? 

  • Do you have all of your important documents in one place, in case you need to pick up and leave?
  • Do you have prescriptions and medications?
  • Do you have a typed or handwritten list of all your important contacts?
  • Do you have hurricane supplies? Here’s a recommended list: https://www.ready.gov/kit
  • Gas your cars just in case.
  • When is the last time you did a video walkthrough of your house, for insurance purposes? Keep this with your important documents.

Be sure to secure the perimeters of your houses by Saturday, make sure your vehicles are fueled and on high ground or ready to leave town. We also suggest making sure you have a car charger for your phones in the off chance power goes out. 

A few other things to consider:

  1. Water: At least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  2. Food: At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  3. Flashlight
  4. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  5. Extra batteries
  6. First aid kit
  7. Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  8. Multi-purpose tool
  9. Copies of personal documents (insurance policies, birth certificates, lease or deed to home)
  10. Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  11. Insect repellent and sunscreens
  12. Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  13. Rain gear

In solidarity,
IATSE Disaster Response Committee

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 150,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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