Hurricane Preparedness: Protect Your Family – & Your Genealogy Records

Every year we read about hurricanes raging toward the U.S. coast and nearby islands.

[Hurricane} Allen Slams into Jamaica, Dallas Morning News newspaper article 6 August 1980

Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas), 6 August 1980, page 6

This year’s hurricane season will be no different.

screenshot of the "Ready" logo for hurricane preparedness from the Department of Homeland Security

Take a minute to be prepared in the event a hurricane strikes your area.

You – your family – and your genealogy records are all depending on the steps you take to be prepared for the storm.

The Department of Homeland Security has issued tips for getting ready for a hurricane:

Genealogy Tip:

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Hurricane Rescue Stories from the ‘Grand Isle’ Hurricane of 1909

With Hurricane Sandy pounding the United States East Coast, we are experiencing right now how hurricanes can cause pain and destruction. It is true today and was true for our ancestors.

Some of the bright spots in the major “Grand Isle” hurricane of 1909 that hit Louisiana are told in these newspaper hurricane rescue stories of “the rescue of a family in a small boat in which a baby had been born an hour before the relief steamer arrived” and another account of a 4-year-old child “found lodged in the branches of a tree…[in] Terrebonne Parish, having survived for three days without food or water.”

rescues during the "Grand Isle" hurricane of 1909, Kansas City Star newspaper article 24 September 1909

Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 24 September 1909, page 7

We hope that all of GenealogyBank’s readers are safe from Hurricane Sandy this difficult week.