TRS Staffing Solutions has provided a guide to support affected colleagues during hurricane season.
Determine your risk
Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing how to handle them.
Develop an Evacuation Plan
Do you live in a hurricane evacuation zone? You may also need to leave if you live in a flood prone area or in a mobile home outside a hurricane evacuation zone. Begin planning where you would go and how you would get there.
As hurricane season approaches, listen to local officials on questions related to how you may need to adjust any evacuation plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.
Assemble Disaster Supplies
Whether you’re evacuating or sheltering-in-place, you’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of 3 days (store a longer than 3-day supply of water, if possible). Electricity and water could be out for at least that long.
If you need to go to a public shelter, follow health guidelines from your local officials and the CDC.
Check your insurance
Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough insurance to repair or even replace your home and/or belongings. Remember, home and renters insurance doesn’t cover flooding, so you’ll need a separate policy for it.
Flood insurance is available through your company, agent, or the National Flood Insurance Program at floodsmart.gov. Act now, as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.
- FLASH Insurance Guide: If Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Covered?
- Find available coverage at floodsmart.gov
Strengthen Your Home
Whether you’re evacuating, or planning to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications to withstand wind impacts.
Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds.
If you’re a renter, work with your landlord now to prepare your home for a storm.
Complete A Written Plan
Take the time to write down your hurricane plan. Know who issues evacuation orders for your area, determine locations on where you will ride out the storm, and start to get your supplies now. Being prepared before a hurricane threatens makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between being a hurricane victim or a hurricane survivor.
Further information can be found here.
How to register for Local updates:
Calcashout and Nixle provide real time texts about emergencies or incidents. You can filter the types of alerts for Nixle and by location.
You can review the State of Louisiana’s website for helpful information and links.
FEMA Disaster Assistance
State and federal officials are encouraging Louisiana residents affected by Hurricanes to register for disaster assistance with FEMA as soon as possible.
The first step is to contact your insurance company to file your storm-damage insurance claims.
The second step is to register:
- Call 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing-impaired.
- If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week.
Health Services and Updates to your Health Benefits
If you are enrolled in a United Healthcare Medical Plan through TRS, you are covered by Teladoc. Teladoc gives you 24/7 access to doctors for general medical consultations. Their doctors can review your symptoms and prescribe medications, if needed.
Teladoc may experience longer than usual wait times for a doctor call-back, but this is still one of the best options to receive free medical care in the safety of your own home.
Download the Teladoc app:
- Download the Teladoc app from your mobile device app store prior to your first virtual visit
- Complete a medical history for yourself and any covered family members
- When the need arises, request a doctor appointment and choose a video or phone consultation. Contact number: 800-835-2362.
Download the United Healthcare app:
- Find United Healthcare in your app store
- Download the mobile app
- Set up password credentials
Stay safe after a hurricane
In addition to following guidance for staying safe and healthy after a hurricane, note that:
- It may take longer than usual to restore power and water if they are out. Take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning if you use a generator.
If you are injured or ill, contact your medical provider for treatment recommendations. Keep wounds clean to prevent infection. Remember, accessing medical care may be more difficult than usual during the pandemic.
Dealing with disasters can cause stress and strong emotions. It is natural to feel anxiety, grief, and worry. Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover.
People with pre-existing mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
TRS Contact Information
For any concerns please contact the following personnel:
For Payroll queries:
Staffing Coordinator Email: email@example.com
Other important contact details:
Benefits Resource Center
Retirement Savings Center