Time will shed more light on just what kind of weather threat we’ll be facing, but officials in Louisiana know it’s best to be ready for any scenario.
“At the end of the day, Mother Nature is in control of the rain that falls, so we have to take every precaution,” Gov. John Bel Edwards says. “We have to be prepared.”
The governor says they’re waiting to get a clearer picture of what’s ahead so emergency officials can coordinate a response.
“So tomorrow morning we will have a Unified Command Group meeting by telephone. Then, we will have an actual UCG meeting on Thursday to make sure we are taking advantage of all of the information made available to us by the National Weather Service,” he says.
While state and local officials are preparing for the potential threat, they’re urging you to do the same. Lafayette Utilities System has a free hurricane handbook available to get you ready for situations like this.
“It’s just an easy way. Keep in the car, keep it with you,” LUS public information specialist Alex Antonowitsch says. “There’s an evacuation plan information. There’s a checklist you can use to figure out what to do to get ready for a hurricane.”
The handbook covers everything from survival kits and evacuation routes to tips for pets… and, of course, flood insurance.
“If you don’t have flood insurance, this is not the time to be covered, but there’s still time for the hurricane season,” FEMA Office of External Affairs deputy director Patricia Mancha says.
It takes 30 days for your flood insurance to kick in, so if you were hoping to get coverage ahead of this weekend, you’re too late. Hurricane season is just getting started, though, and FEMA officials say you don’t want to wait.
“Many of the big storms come in August and September, so there’s plenty of time for the true time of the season,” Mancha says.
Take those steps to get ready now and as you wait, stay weather aware.
“Just pay attention to local elected officials, to the weather service and be very careful,” Gov. Edwards says.
You can pick up a hurricane handbook from any parish library or city hall. It’s also available online at the LUS website.