State police provide hurricane season tips

Published 11:45 pm Friday, June 6, 2014

In its 2014 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has forecasted a near normal or below-normal season this year.

For the duration of the six month hurricane season, which began June 1, NOAA has predicted 8 to 13 named storms, of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher) including 1 to 2 major hurricanes. 

Troopers urge the citizens of Louisiana to be prepared, plan ahead and have a game plan in place before the arrival of a potentially dangerous storm. 

• Hurricane Watch: conditions are possible in the specified area of the watch, usually within 48 hours.

• Hurricane Warning: conditions are expected in the specified area of the warning, usually within 24 hours.

Before the Storm, Make Preparations:

• Assemble an emergency kit including flashlights, batteries, battery powered radio, first aid kit, evacuation maps, canned food and a non-electric can opener, important papers, and pertinent medical information including prescriptions.

• Prepare a personal evacuation plan selecting several locations suitable for your family especially in the case of individuals with special needs or with pets.

• Protect home and valuables in advance from the possibility of strong winds and hurricane conditions in your area.

During a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Watch or Warning:

• Listen to radio/television for storm progress reports.

• Check emergency supplies.

• Fuel your car.

• Board up windows and secure outdoor furniture.

• Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings.

• Store drinking water.

• Review evacuation plan.

For a complete list of storm preparation guidelines visit the LA Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness “Get a Game Plan” at and download the FEMA smartphone application to access important safety tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane.

Troopers urge citizens to take advantage of several resources available to stay informed on emergency news and activities throughout the course of a Tropical Storm or Hurricane:

• To report stalled vehicles or unsafe roadway conditions, you may dial *LSP (*577) from your cellular phone to reach the State Police office closest to you.

• For road condition information, motorists can dial 511 or visit

Lt. J.B. Slaton

Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section