Gov. Edwards and GOHSEP urge residents to have a game plan for hurricane season

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – With the start of 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially beginning on Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is encouraging all to start preparation and come up with an emergency game plan.

According to GOHSEP, “the third named storm of the season will likely develop later this week and has a high chance to strengthen.”

GOHSEP stresses the importance of having an emergency plan in place for you, your family, your pets and your business with the added threat of COVID-19 in mind.

State, federal and local partners are working with GOHSEP on evacuation and shelter adjustments.

“This time of year, we always stress the importance of checking emergency plans and supplies,” said Gov. Edwards. “This is extremely important this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 conditions. Forecasters have predicted an above average year in terms of tropical activity. We must remain vigilant. We have vastly improved the way we prepare for a storm, but we also need the public to understand their role in preparedness. That includes being aware of the risks you face and knowing what steps to take before, during and after a tropical threat.”

A list of supplies, evacuation information and other important information can be seen at www.getagameplan.org.

“We are working with our local partners in developing plans based on the unique conditions we face this year.  If you do need assistance with issues like assistance, contact your local emergency managers to connect with resources they have available,” GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom said. “Also, review your insurance policies to determine what exactly is covered when it comes to hurricanes, wind damage and flooding. As we have seen with past storms, each event is different and includes different challenges. Being prepared means planning now, and not waiting for an emergency.”

Here are some examples of what you and your family might need in the event of either evacuation or shelter in place orders:

  • A three to five day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won’t spoil
  • A supply of face coverings, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes due to COVID-19 concerns
  • 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

You can find the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide at www.getagameplan.org.

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