BATON ROUGE, LA — Sunday marks the first day of the 2014 hurricane season. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) urges everyone to Get a Game Plan. Now is the time to make sure you have an emergency plan in place for you, your family, your pets and your business.
“Early preparation for a hurricane can help keep you and your property safe, while making recovery easier after a storm,” says GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. “GOHSEP, private business and our partners on the state, local and federal levels spend much of the year preparing for a hurricane or other emergencies. We urge you to get your family’s plan finalized now.”
The message from GOHSEP and the National Weather Service (NWS) has changed in recent years. GOHSEP and meteorologists hope you focus less on the category or size of a storm and focus more on its potential impact. Smaller, slower moving storms like Hurricane Isaac have proven to be just as devastating as larger storms under the right conditions.
During a tropical event, the state could be impacted by tidal surge, flooding and wind damage. It is important that you listen for crucial information from GOHSEP, other state agencies or local officials involved with response when facing these dangers.
A list of hurricane supplies, evacuation information and other critical information can be found on the www.getagameplan.org website. Here are some examples of what you and your family may need in the event 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 and plastic utensils, 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.
You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new ALERT FM App. It is free for basic service. You can also download the new Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other important information at www.getagameplan.org. The Get a Game Plan App and Get a Business Plan App are also available for download to your smart phones or tablets.