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 getagameplan.org 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 511LA.org.
Lt. J.B. Slaton
Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section