What you need to know: How to prepare for Tropical Storm Ida

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — If you haven’t already, it’s time to get your game plan ready now for Tropical Storm Ida.

“The gulf is absolutely ripe, in terms of the conditions for rapid intensification for this storm,” said Governor John Bel Edwards.

The East Baton Rouge Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) said having a plan and storm kit is key.

“We don’t know what this is going to be, it could be anywhere from a category one to category five, but regardless of what the category is, please be prepared and be safe,” said MOHSEP Director Clay Rives.

MOHSEP and Red stick Ready have checklists you can refer to before a storm.

A few tips to keep in mind:

  • Have your emergency preparedness kit on hand and tune in to your local news/radio
    station for updated information.
  • Don’t forget to turn off the A/C or heater.
  • Make sure you have chosen a central room in your home, away from windows.
  • During a chemical release, it is important to seal off as much of the house as possible from
    outside contaminants. Have some sort of plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal off whatever
    safe room you have chosen.

Heavy wind and rain may cause power outages to occur.

“We ask people not to get close to those. Report those,” said Rives.

Residents may also find themselves battling against high floodwaters.

“Well, if you see high water while you’re driving, turn around, don’t drown, that’s the saying. And that’s certainly a case here in Louisiana and in several years, we’ve had people attempt to drive through high water and it’s a fatality,” Rives explained.

MOSHEP said if you need to report an issue you can call 3-1-1, if you have an emergency call 9-1-1, and if power lines are down call your electricity company.

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