POSTED: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 7:48am
UPDATED: Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 11:20pm
With the approach of the 2011 hurricane season, the week of May 22-28 is Hurricane Preparedness Week in Louisiana and Mississippi. Now is the time for all residents of southeast Louisiana and south Mississippi to begin reviewing and updating their hurricane preparedness plans. 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 chance of being in harms way if a hurricane threatens our area this year.
The official start of the hurricane season is June 1st, and it lasts through the end of November. Southeast Louisiana and Coastal Mississippi are extremely vulnerable to the destructive winds and storm surge associated with hurricanes. Area residents, especially those in coastal locations, weakened structures, or mobile homes and travel trailers vulnerable to wind, should review actions they would take if a tropical storm or hurricane threatened the region.
If you live in a vulnerable coastal location, you will likely be requested to evacuate if a hurricane threatens. Also, if you live in a travel trailer or mobile home, you will likely be requested to evacuate for tropical storms and hurricanes.
Now is the time to learn what evacuation routes you would use, the location you would go, and what you would bring with you if you evacuated. If you live in a safe location away from storm surge flooding and decide to stay, you should have provisions of food and water to last from several days to a week or more without normal service. Below is the link to the State Police to learn now how, when and where you will evacuate. Alows have a back up plan.