A Louisiana Woman’s Hurricane Checklist

With Hurricane Ida brewing in the Gulf, I wanted to remind my other Louisiana Women to be sure to complete their hurricane checklist.

No, not the FEMA one, but you can look at that one here.

I’m talking about the official unofficial checklist every Louisiana woman processes before a hurricane.

  1. Cut your grass. In spite of knowing that it is more beneficial to leave grass longer to reduce flooding, we still cut it.
  2. Move the plant babies. Duh.
  3. Cut any pretty flowers and bring them inside. Not planning to share my pretties with Ida.
  4. Prep your gumbo supplies.
  5. Clean your house. I would love for someone to explain the phenomenon of this compulsion to me. It makes ZERO sense because no tree chooses to fall onto a clean house.
  6. Charge all the things.
  7. Fill your bathtub up with water. Does anyone know why we do this? To have water for flushing toilets? Also, double-check that drain seal because walking into an empty tub is a little panic-inducing.
  8. Ice down your adult beverage of choice.
  9. Wash all the hair and shave all the parts.
  10. Sleep with a bra and cute jammies on just in case you’re on the news in the morning.

Good luck!

Sarah Keating
Sarah is a 30-something mom of four children under six and wife to her high-school sweetheart. She returned to Acadiana two years ago following her husband’s completion of medical school and residency in Shreveport. After the move, Sarah switched gears from full-time pediatric speech-language pathologist and working mom to full-time stay-at-home mom to her brood. Her current hobbies include “speech-therapizing” her children, re-reading the Outlander series, catching up on her Netflix queue after the kids go to bed, completing XHIT videos at naptime, and taking her medication every morning. She loves and respects the sacredness of motherhood, but sometimes you just have to let go and laugh it out. Motherhood has been the most humbling, and empowering journey she has experienced.


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