BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Hurricane Ian tore through Florida leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. Now, Florida is reaching out to neighboring states for help.

After major natural disasters, it’s common for states to seek out help from other states. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) Director Casey Tingle said after all the help Florida has given Louisiana, there was no hesitation.

“For hurricane Ida I think we had 26 states that helped Louisiana, and so it is certainly something we seek every opportunity to be able to do,” Tingle said. “So we began to get requests from the state of Florida very early on and started responding to those requests.”

“In the early stages of the event you’re talking about trying to clear roads make sure that things are safe do search and rescues, do sheltering operations, all really driven at life safety,” said Tingle.

Tingle said they have deployed roughly 175 people to the Sunshine state.

These missions can typically last a couple of weeks, but they can be extended if necessary.

“As we get deeper into the event,” Tingle explained. “They will probably be looking for assistance on things like recovery and disaster recovery tasks that we’ve been very involved with.”

While the attention is being focused on Florida right now, Tingle wants to remind Louisiana to stay alert.

“We are still in the middle of hurricane season and so it is always a good time to make sure that you have a personal plan for you and your family in case an event like this were to happen here because we are certainly not out of the woods yet,” Tingle warned.