BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Law enforcement and first responders ask the community, “Are You Red Stick Ready?”

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) hosted the Red Stick Ready Day to prepare citizens for Hurricane Season.

It is encouraged that all citizens take advantage of the opportunity to gain information, as well as supplies to ready themselves for the upcoming storm season.

They had K-9 Shows and all of the “sweet rides” of cool law enforcement vehicles. One vehicle, nicknamed the “Bear Claw” is a military grade vehicle. It weighs over 18,000 pounds and is nearly indestructible.

Many law enforcement and public safety officers say that it’s very important that we all work together. In order to be united, it is the best way to stick together.

Hurricanes and natural disasters happen quickly. It’s always best to stay a step ahead.

“Don’t get complacent, I think we all have that mentality of ‘oh that will never happen to me’,” according to Public Information Officer of the Baton Rouge Fire Department Curt Monte.

When a disaster does strike, you can contact the U.S. Small Business Administration for loans. According to Jo Lawrence, Deputy Director of U.S Small Business Administration of Louisiana, “Some loans can last as long as 30 years and it’s worth it.”

“It’s just unbelievable because if you can just see the expressions on their faces as they begin to recover, as they breathe, that sigh of relief,” added Lawrence.

There are many ways to prepare for a hurricane. Law enforcement strongly recommends getting the generators ready and changing smoke alarms.