BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The start of the 2022 hurricane season is less than a month away, and Governor John Bel Edwards wants the state to be ready.

With the 2022 hurricane season quickly approaching 28 days out, Gov. Edwards wants residents to have a plan in place just in case a hurricane threatens the state.

“And so I think some people say, I don’t need to worry about preparing this year because I will just do what I did last year,” said Gov. Edwards. “Well, that doesn’t work for a number of reasons. Every storm is different and people’s situations are different.”

Hurricane season is a constant conversation here in Louisiana and as most people know to make sure you have a plan, insurance, and the other essential items. What most people don’t talk about, which is equally important, is generators.

“But far and away, the leading cause of death in recovering is generator safety, or the lack thereof,” said Edwards.

According to a Gallup poll, 15 percent of people stay at home during severe weather because of money, nowhere to go, or because they have a generator. State leaders want you to be mindful when it comes to generators, how to use them and when to use them.

“Have them inspected by a professional person. In addition to that, have the appropriate supplies. Making sure people have carbon monoxide alarms, making people have the proper equipment. Making sure they understand the right generator that they have. Generators require oil changes, require servicing — now is the time to do that. So that’s the important part we want to give to you today if you’re going to use them, prepare for them and use them quickly, safely, and properly,” said State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, Jr.

This will be the third year of entering hurricane season with COVID and with researchers say a surge could come during the summer. Gov. Edwards said staying updated with COVID shots is essential.

“While COVID-19 remains a real threat to individuals and to families, especially in the event where we have to do congregate sheltering which means being vaccinated and forget that term being fully vaccinated you just have to be up to date now,” said Gov. Edwards.

Gov. Edwards said don’t leave it up to the state. It takes 72 hours to get funding and to get help to those who need it. So, make sure you have a plan prepared and your loved ones know your plan because it only takes one. 

For more about hurricane preparedness, visit getagameplan.org.