Baton Rouge: With hurricane season set to begin June 1st, Governor Bobby Jindal and Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) Director Kevin Davis are urging Louisianians to Get a Game Plan to ensure they are prepared for a storm or natural disaster.
Governor Jindal said, “Whether it's Isaac, Gustav, Rita or Katrina – Louisiana frequently faces the brunt of hurricane season, and our people know firsthand how dangerous these storms can be for our communities. That's why we're urging all Louisianians to Get a Game Plan for this hurricane season, ensuring they have supplies, medication and an evacuation plan for storms. Although we always hope for the best, weather officials are predicting an above normal hurricane season, so it’s critical that we prepare for the worst to make sure we’re ready for a hurricane or other natural disaster should one threaten our coast."
“Every year we urge you to get your family plan ready,” said GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. “In Louisiana, the threat of any storm is real. We’re urging Louisianians to focus less on the category of the storm, which often leads to a false sense of security, and instead pay close attention to potential impacts of tidal surge, flooding and wind damage that can occur in even the weakest of storms.”
During an emergency, crucial information will be released through GOHSEP, other state agencies or local officials who may be involved in the response efforts.
A list of hurricane supplies, evacuation information and other critical facts can be found at: http://www.getagameplan.org/
Below are some examples of what you and your family may need in the event that you must evacuate or shelter in place:
- A three to five day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day) and food that won't spoil.
- One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person.
- A first aid kit that includes your family's prescription medications.
- Emergency tools including a battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
- An extra set of car keys and a credit card, cash or traveler's checks.
- Sanitation supplies.
- Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
- An extra pair of glasses.
- Important family documents in a portable, waterproof container.
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils and paper towels.
- Paper and pencil.
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.
- Infant formula and diapers.
- Pet food and extra water.
Hurricane season ends November 30th.