Hurricane Preparedness Week Is May 24 – May 30
Hurricane season runs June 1 - November 30 and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) are reminding area citizens to get ready by having a plan of action and supplies.
Hurricane Preparedness Week in SWLA starts the week of May 24 - May 30 and encourages residents to get ready early and create their family plan, put together an emergency disaster kit and stock up on non-perishable food items prior to the season kick-off.
One good way to make sure your up-to-date on local and surrounding area weather alerts, is to sign-up for CalcaShout at www.cppj.net/calcashout. You can get local SWLA emergency alerts on your phone or email and the service is free. Plus, in case you have to evacuate or re-locate it allows you to designate an alternate phone number or email address where news can be sent during an emergency. If you have no internet access sign-up for CalcaShout by calling the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 337-721-3800.
Director of OHSEP, Dick Gremillion says, “We need to be constantly prepared and ready for hurricanes and other disasters. We live in an area with a variety of potential hazards so we recommend getting plans in place. Hurricane Preparedness week is a good time to create plans or update them.”
In case there's a shelter in place or you and your family have to evacuate, the Governor’s Office suggests the following preparations:
- A three to five day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won’t spoil
- One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person
- A first aid kit that includes your family’s prescription medications
- Emergency tools including a battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries
- An extra set of car keys and a credit card, cash or traveler’s checks
- Sanitation supplies
- Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
- An extra pair of glasses
- Important family documents in a portable, waterproof container
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and extra water