Governor Jindal urges residents to get a game plan, monitor Erika

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Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a proclamation designating September as National Preparedness Month. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and our partners encourage everyone to Get A Game Plan.  By doing that, the public can protect themselves, their families and their homes in the event of severe weather or other emergencies. Louisiana, this week, is marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.   Events commemorating Hurricane Rita are scheduled for September in southwest Louisiana.

GOHSEP also encourages everyone in Louisiana to closely monitor Tropical Storm Erika as it moves toward Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.  It is too early to determine if this system will impact Louisiana.  The current forecast track from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicates the storm will eventually turn north along the east coast of the United States.  Forecasters say it is also difficult to determine if the storm will strengthen or weaken. 

“Emergency managers at the state, local and federal levels are dedicated to help protect you during an emergency,” says GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. “National Preparedness Month is a time for you to examine your personal plans and restock your emergency supplies.  Hurricanes are one of the biggest concerns to the state, but each region faces other possible threats that could force you to take immediate action or evacuate.  Also, stay informed about Erika.  Any track change to the west could mean the storm would enter the Gulf of Mexico and potentially become a threat to Louisiana.  Weather experts say we will know a lot more about Erika’s course within the next 48 hours.”

Families and individuals should have an emergency plan that outlines what they will do if they have to shelter in place because of an emergency and what they will do if they have to evacuate. Emergency kits should include any items to help you get through both of those situations. Gathering supplies in one place will help families locate them in the event of a power outage. If a family must leave its home, the kit can go with them.

ONLINE RESOURCES Louisiana residents can take simple steps to protect themselves, their families, their pets and their homes. GOHSEP provides detailed tips and information for how to respond in the event of a tornado, flooding, thunderstorm, hurricane or other severe weather. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides detailed, zip code level weather information for the public on its Website. Users can get information about severe weather warnings and alerts and also view forecasts from National Weather Service staff. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) outlines what to do in many disaster scenarios on its preparedness site.

ALERT FM: Free App that allows GOHSEP to create and send digital alerts and messages based on geographic or organizational groups. Messages are delivered to the data subcarrier of existing FM transmitters around the US.  Overlapping signals of FM stations ensure rapid message transmission even when other communication systems are disrupted.

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