June 2, 2014
The Time to Prepare for Hurricanes is Now
LOUISIANA – In
its 2014 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has forecasted a near normal or below-normal
season this year. For the duration of
the six month hurricane season, beginning June 1, NOAA has predicted 8 to 13
named storms of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or
higher) including 1 to 2 major hurricanes.
History teaches that a lack of hurricane
awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane
disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you
can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.
Recent studies show that many people use social media in the event of a
disaster to let relatives and friends know they are safe. This is an important
trend because people are most likely to take preparedness steps if they observe
the preparations taken by others. Social media provides the perfect platform to
model preparedness actions for others.
first responders and public service agencies prepare statewide for the
beginning of the 2014 hurricane season, Troopers urge the citizens of Louisiana
to be prepared, plan ahead, and have a game plan in place before the arrival of
a potentially dangerous storm.
the meaning and the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane
Watch: conditions are possible in the specified area of the watch,
usually within 36 hours.
Warning: conditions are expected in the specified area of the warning,
usually within 24 hours.
the Storm, Make Preparations:
an emergency kit including flashlights, batteries, battery powered radio, first
aid kit, evacuation maps, canned food and a non-electric can opener, important
papers, and pertinent medical information including prescriptions.
a personal evacuation plan selecting several locations suitable for your family
especially in the case of individuals with special needs or with pets.
your home and valuables in advance from the possibility of strong winds and
hurricane conditions in your area.
a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Watch or Warning:
to radio/television for storm progress reports.
up windows and secure outdoor furniture.
refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings.
Parish or State Officials tell you to evacuate:
as soon as possible.
a family communications plan. Tell someone outside the storm area where you are
emergency supplies with you that you have already prepared.
your home and turn off all necessary utilities.
tuned to local radio or television and social media for information from your
local or state officials.
home only after state or local authorities advise that it is safe to do so.
a complete list of storm preparation guidelines visit the LA Governor’s Office
of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness "Get a Game Plan” website at www.getagameplan.org and download the
FEMA smartphone application to access important safety tips on what to do
before, during and after a hurricane.
Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson urges
citizens across the state to take hurricane preparedness seriously. "Now is the time to prepare. Property and
valuables can be replaced, however; your personal safety and the well-being of
your family should be paramount.”
Colonel Edmonson explains, "Hurricane season brings a
humbling reminder that nature remains unpredictable. Citizens
and first responders across our state know firsthand that it only takes one
storm to inflict widespread damage.”
urge citizens to take advantage of several resources available to stay informed
on emergency news and activities throughout the course of a Tropical Storm or
report stalled vehicles or unsafe roadway conditions, you may dial *LSP (*577)
from your cellular phone to reach the State Police office closest to you.
road condition information, motorists can dial 511 or visit www.511LA.org.
on emergency conditions across the state can be obtained by visiting www.gohsep.la.gov, www.lsp.org, and/or individual parish and local law
addition, LSP Public Information Officers will continually update and post
pertinent safety and emergency information on the LSP Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LouisianaStatePolice)
and through the Nixle Alert notification system (www.nixle.com). Citizens are encouraged to subscribe to these
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