“I can assure you that we are prepared because of prior incidents and events that have taken place” said East Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome.
Keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Barry, many are wondering what local officials are planning to do, if, we get the brunt of this storm.
“If there is a need for evacuations, that decision will be made in conjunction with other area officials” said Mayor Broome.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said, in 2016, she saw what severe weather could do and learned a lesson.
“As Mayor, I have a heightened sensitivity about it because guess what, I was impacted by the flood of 2016.”
Laying out the plans in front of a packed room inside the Mayor’s office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Local officials from surrounding areas also urged people to take precautions.
“We’ve already been through three of four rounds of sandbags. We encourage people if they feel like they need to get sandbags, start getting them now instead of rushing while everything is happening” said Aaron Moak, City Councilman for Central.
As many begin preparing to brace for the possible impact, Mayor Broome said there’s a plan ready to be executed.
“We are prepared at the right time to open those shelters when necessary and we will get that information out in a timely manner. I can tell you; we have a list of shelters that are prepared.”