The weather is heating up and most people want to be either at the pool or indoors. We found some events this weekend in New Orleans that contain a little of both! Here are three things we think you should be doing this weekend!
Dive In Movie: Thursday, June 4th from 6:30-10pm; W Hotel- French Quarter; Local and guest are invited to swim in the pool and enjoy a FREE throwback movie in the courtyard. This week’s movie is My Cousin Vinny and it will start at sundown. Small bites and cocktails will be for sale and the hotel will provide complimentary popcorn during the movie. Space is limited so everyone is encourages to RSVP to [email protected] Parking is available at W French Quarter for $5 for three hours as space permits.
15th Anniversary Celebration: Saturday, June 6th from 9am-5pm; WWII Museum; commemorate the 71st Anniversary of D-Day and celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the museum’s opening. D-Day briefings at 10 a.m. and 2, music by the U.S. Marine Corps Band New Orleans Brass Quintet at 10:30 a.m., an anniversary ceremony at 11 a.m., and the cutting of a birthday cake with the Victory Belles at noon. The event also includes tours, oral histories, hands-on exhibits, and re-enactors. Visit the museum’s website for more information.
Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival: Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th from 11am – 7pm; Louis Armstrong Park – New Orleans; Free dance lessons, modern and traditional Cajun and Zydeco music, craft fair and more; FREE
Hurricane Season started this week and lasts until November 30th, with the peak of the season being between mid-August to mid-September. It’s supposed to be an inactive year, or so they tell us! However, it only takes one storm to cause chaos! Here are ten tips to help you weather your first hurricane season in Southern Louisiana.
1. Plan: Everyone is saying it and we can’t stress it enough. Create a plan! Then create a backup plan just in case. Things to think about when creating your plan include:
Where will we go?
What will we bring?
Where will we stay?
What happens if we have to stay away longer than a few days?
Do we have proper insurance?
What about the pets?
2. Hurricane Kit: If you decide to shelter in place during a storm you are going to need some supplies. Start now so the cost isn’t overwhelming if a storm comes. Pack a plastic tub or trunk with items such as:
canned /non-perishable food
manual can opener
first aid kit
3. Last Minute preparations: If you are sheltering in place, you are also going to need some last-minute supplies such as food and water.
The stores are going to be PACKED! Shop off the beaten path. Places like Whole Foods seem to be less crowded, for some reason during Tropical Storm Isaac so was Target. Sam’s and Costco carry supplies in bulk and tend to carry more stock than most stores and they are slightly cheaper. The Ice House on Williams is a great place for ice in bulk, they also sell dry ice which will help keep your freezer food colder longer in case the electric goes out. Office Dept also carries water, batteries and other supplies.
Board up your windows using plywood, not duck tape. Duck tape will not prevent your windows from being broken by projectiles. Pick up anything in your yard that could become a projectile in the wind and clean out the storm drains in front of your house.
Fill your bathtub with water to use for flushing the toilet. Fill everything you can with water just in case you need it. Remember the CDC recommends one gallon of water per person per day with a three-day minimum supply.
Put the food in your freezer in garbage bags. If the power goes out and things go bad, this will make clean up a lot easier.
Fill up your propane tanks, get a generator, get gas for the generator and fill up your car. Take cash out of the bank, often after a storm stores are unable to accept anything but cash. Charge all cell phones and invest in some type of portable charger that doesn’t require electricity.
One more thing, take pictures or videos of your valuables just in case you need them for insurance reasons.
4. Important Papers: Do you know where your insurance papers are? Your social security card? Passports? Birth certificates? If not FIND THEM! Put them all in one file box or waterproof safe that will be easy to transport in case you have to leave.
5. Pictures: Take your pictures off the wall and put them in a plastic tub so they can be packed into the car or stored up high. Pack photo albums and loose prints in the same tub. Back up all the pictures on your computer and cell phone to a cloud based service so you can access them from anywhere in case you lose either of these during the storm.
6. Books, DVDs and Video Games: Books are hard to transport, so we suggest only taking the ones you cherish with you. Pack them in a small rolling suitcase so they are easier to carry. The rest you can let them take their chances on the book shelf or pack them in plastic containers and place them up high. DVDs and video games can be taken out of their cases and put in a CD binder, this makes them easier to take with you if you have to leave.
7. LEAVE: If local officials tell you to leave then do so! Unless you have an essential job that requires you to stay, don’t. Your life isn’t worth the risk. If you can leave before the official evacuation is called, also try to leave in the middle of the night or in the early morning when there is less traffic on the road. Once contraflow starts, traffic is going to be a nightmare.
8. Don’t Rush Back: Plan to say a few extra days if you can once you are allowed back home. We know you want to get back but you’re most likely coming back to no electricity and limited resources, plus traffic.
9. Think About Your Mental Health: Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. So take care of yourself mentally. Take a break from focusing on the storm.
10. Children: If you have children, remember they are scared and worried too. Help them by playing board games, card games, letting them use their devices to watch videos, play games etc. If you evacuate, try to go someplace where you can make a mini vacation out of the trip.
The key to weathering hurricane season is to be prepared and listen to local officials! Here’s to an inactive seasons!
Louisiana bicycle Festival: Bike rides, custom bikes, flea market and more; FREE; Abita Mystery House and UCM Museum – Abita Springs
CrabFest Lacombe: Music, crab dishes, crafts and more; music includes: Tab Benoit, Benny Grunch and the Bunch, Shotgun Jazz Band and more; $5 Friday | $10 Saturday and Sunday | Children under 12 FREE with an adult
St. Tammany Crab Festival: Festival devoted to boiled crabs; music, children’s activities, and more; music includes: Cowboy Mouth, Bag of Donuts, and more; Heritage Park – Slidell
Feret Caribbean Carnival: Sunday, June 27th only; celebration of New Orleans’ Caribbean ties; music, food, games, and more; entertainment includes: The Meditations, Nkiruka Drum and Dance Ensemble, and Hot 8 Brass Band; Feret Street PubliQ House
Household injuries are one of the main things that sent children under 4 to the ER each year. We know accidents happen, even to the best of parents. Here are thirteen tips for childproofing your new home to help you make your new place as safe as possible for your little ones.
2. Opt for cordless blinds and shades as the cords present a strangulation hazard.
3. Don’t hang pictures above our your baby’s crib or changing table.
4. Attach furniture like dresses, TV stands, shelves etc the wall to prevent from tipping over. Don’t forget about flat-screen TVs which are also easy to tip over by a small child.
5. Place gates at the top and bottom of your stairways. Make sure the gate at the top of the stairs is attached to the wall and not pressure mounted.
6. Set your water heater to 120 degrees to prevent burns.
7. Look for choking hazards such as doorstops with removable caps. Rule of thumb is, anything that can fit through a cardboard toilet paper tube is considered a choking hazard.
8. Create a fire plan and test or install smoke detectors. Also install carbon monoxide detectors if your home uses natural gas.
9. Store knives, guns, cleaning supplies, and medication in lock cabinets where children can not get into.
10. Cover all electrical outlets and loose cords.
11. Install window guards on second story windows to prevent falls.
12. Install door alarms or latches at the top of doors that lead outside to prevent escapes.
13. If your new home has a pool, make sure it has self locking fence around it to prevent a child from falling in. You may also want to install a door alarm at all of the doors that lead to the pool and a pool alarm for extra safety measures.