If you are thinking of evacuating, get a plan, route, and leave-time in order.
“You’re not just going to be in traffic from your local area, you could actually be getting in traffic from everyone from the coastal areas coming up” says Craig Stansbury the Director for Lafayette Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. If you don not leave early enough it can take up to four times the amount of time to get where you are going or you might be trapped.
Stansbury asks, “Are you in a flooding zone? And if you are, there is a possibility that some of the roads or areas around you may not (let you) get out.”
“I think it’s wise for me to stay put. You know, stay updated with the resources, the news channels” says a local Lafayette resident.
If hunkering down at home is your plan, what should you do? Stansbury says to consider the possibility of going without electricity for days. Can the people in your home like the elderly and children handle the heat? Do you have the medications needed, water, food and batteries??
“I know god’s going to take care of us, so I have all the faith in the world we’re gonna be OK no mater what” says an Acadia Parish resident.
If you’re staying, have a plan and get ready. If you’re going, get going.