MOHSEP provides tips on severe weather preparation during a pandemic, as tropical weather approaches

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) — East Baton Rouge City-Parish officials are reminding residents how to best prepare for severe weather after the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasted that a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico will likely develop into a tropical depression. The NWS said that East Baton Rouge will likely receive up to an inch of rainfall between July 23-25.

East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome released a statement encouraging people to add new essentials to personal and family disaster supply kits. “As we continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, it is important now more than ever to stock your disaster supply kit with face coverings, hand sanitizer, and other hygiene items,” said Broome.

The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) provided a list of tips on how to best prepare for severe weather during a pandemic.

Before a storm:

  • Develop a plan with your household members that outlines what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate if a hurricane strikes.
  • Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Don’t forget to plan for your children, pets and other vulnerable populations.
  • Consider having enough supplies for each person in your household for at least three days to include but not limited to, medication, disinfectant supplies, face coverings, personal hygiene items, personal identification and pet supplies in your “go bag” or car.
  • Discuss the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect your hurricane planning efforts.
  • Download MOHSEP’s Family Emergency Preparedness Guide.

During a storm:

  • Monitor your local weather radio and television stations for the latest forecasts.
  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
  • Know the difference between a Hurricane Watch vs. Hurricane Warning – Hurricane Watch means conditions possible within the next 48 hours. Hurricane Warning means conditions are expected within 36 hours.
  • Use the BuddySystem™ to virtually check on your neighbors, friends, and family.
  • Have your safety items readily accessible such as flashlights, extra batteries and a first-aid kit.
  • Know the safe areas within your home.
  • Remain indoors during the storm and stay off the roadways.

After a storm:

  • Stay away from downed trees and power lines.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Report power outages and downed power lines to your power company. Entergy’s phone number is (800)968-8243 and DEMCO customers should call (225)261-1160.
  • Report downed trees to 3-1-1.
  • Document damages and notify your insurance provider.
  • Practice electrical safety and proper ventilation when using extension cords and portable generators.

Visit the official East Baton Rouge City-Parish government website for more information and preparedness tips. You may text “RedStickReady” to 225-243-9991 to opt-in for text alerts.

Questions may also be directed to MOHSEP at (225)389-2100.

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