Iberville Parish Civil Protection Director Urges Hurricane Preparedness
Temperatures near or above 100 degrees increase the likelihood of an above-average hurricane season, heightening the urgency for residents to prepare early, said Clint Moore, director of emergency preparedness for the parish. d’Iberville.
The above-average storm development predicted this year by the National Hurricane Center in Miami follows two of the most active seasons on record.
Southwestern Louisiana was battered in 2020 during Hurricanes Laura and Delta, which severely damaged Southwestern Louisiana.
A year later, Iberville was hardest hit by Hurricane Ida, which hit the Gulf Coast region.
“We’ve had record hurricane seasons for the past two years,” Moore said. “We were very lucky during Hurricane Ida as its eastward movement spared us a great deal of heartache and trouble, although we did experience major wind damage which knocked down power lines and utility poles. , and we had prolonged power outages in the White Castle. and St. Gabriel.
Two consecutive years of above-average cyclone activity have heightened the urgency for intense preparedness.
“Even though we were spared, in a sense, we learned from those events to carry on this season,” Moore said. “If we were to have a direct impact from a hurricane of the magnitude of Ida, we would be as prepared as possible for a hurricane of this size, but if we did, it would cause damage and we would have to prepare as much as we can.
“Once the storm passes, we scoop up, clean up and give everyone what they need to get back on their feet,” he said.
Facilities ranging from gymnasiums to community centers can serve as evacuation facilities.
But monitoring a storm’s direction dictates whether an area needs a drastic response.
This is an approach that comes from the American Red Cross.
“First of all, we must examine the trajectory of these hurricanes to see where the Iberville parish is to see if we will be placed in one of these hot areas, so to speak,” said Moore. “If we have to shelter people, we will certainly do so, but we would like to have the support of the Red Cross when we open shelters.
He urges residents to put a plan in place now in the event of a strong hurricane.
Residents should develop an evacuation plan well in advance of a hurricane threat, Moore said.
“If you have to go north or west, or for some reason you should go east, you can go online to put things in order,” Moore said. “Residents should start a hurricane preparedness kit and have a plan.”
Here is a list of recommended steps to take to prepare for a hurricane:
- Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them on the fridge or near any phones in your home. The programs also in your mobile phone.
- Prepare a first aid kit.
- Locate the nearest shelter and the different routes you can take to get there from your home. If shelter locations in your area haven’t been identified, learn how to find them during a thunderstorm external icon.
- Animal owners: pre-identify the shelters, a hotel that accepts animals, or a friend or a parent outside the city where you can take your animals in the event of evacuation. Local animal shelters may be able to offer advice on what to do with your pets if you are asked to evacuate your home.
Gather emergency supplies
During and after a hurricane, you may need supplies to keep your family safe and healthy. Remember that a hurricane could cut off your electricity and water supply. You may also not be able to drive due to damage to your car. Roads may be flooded or blocked.
That’s why it’s best to be prepared – stock up on everything you might need now. Be sure to prepare the following:
- An emergency supply of food and water.
- A supply of emergency drugs.
- Emergency power sources such as flashlights (don’t forget extra batteries).
- Security and personal effects.
- Important documents including medical documents, wills, passports and IDs.
- A fire extinguisher. Make sure your family knows where to find it and how to use it! Read the National Fire Protection Association’s advice for using fire extinguishers-external icon.
‘Watch’ or ‘Warning’: Know the difference
Listen to National Weather Service alerts on TV or radio, or view them online. There are two types of alerts:
- A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 miles per hour [mph] or higher) are possible in a given area. Experts announce hurricane watches 48 hours before they expect tropical storm-force winds (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) to begin.
- A hurricane warning is more severe. This means that hurricane force winds are expected in a specific area. Experts emit these warnings 36 hours before tropical storm winds were expected in the region to give people enough time to prepare for the storm.
For more information on hurricane watches and warnings, see the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Center external icon. If you hear that there is a hurricane watch or warning in your area, you can take steps to prepare.
Make sure your car is ready before the storm hits.
- Fill up your car’s gas tank.
- Move cars and trucks into your garage or under cover.
- Always have an emergency kit in your car.
- Visit the Ready.govexternal icon to learn how to prepare your car and what to include in your kit.
If you don’t have a car, consider planning with friends or family or calling the authorities for a ride if you need to evacuate.
Prepare your family and pets
- Review your emergency plan with your family.
- Keep checking for updates on the storm. Watch TV, listen to the radio or check online.
- Call the hospital, public health department or police if you have any special needs. If you or someone close to you is elderly or disabled and won’t be able to leave quickly, get advice on what to do.
- Put pets and farm animals in a safe place. Learn more about pet safety in an emergency.
- Clear your yard. Make sure there is nothing that can blow in the storm and damage your home. Move bicycles, lawn furniture, grills, propane tanks and building materials indoors or under a shed.
- Cover windows and doors. Use storm shutters or nail pieces of plywood to the exterior window frames to protect your windows. It can protect you from shards of glass.
- Be prepared to switch off your power supply. If you see flooding, downed power lines, or need to leave your home, turn off the power.
- Fill clean water containers with potable water. You will want to do this in case you lose your water supply during the storm. You can also fill your sinks and bathtubs with water for washing.
- Check the battery of your carbon monoxide (CO) detector to avoid CO poisoning
Be prepared to evacuate or stay home
Always listen to authorities about whether you should evacuate or stay home.
If a hurricane is coming, you may hear an order from authorities to evacuate (leave your home). Never ignore an order to evacuate. Even strong, well-built homes may not withstand a hurricane. Staying home to protect your property is not worth risking your health and safety.
You may hear a command to stay home. If driving conditions are dangerous, staying home may be safer than leaving.
If you have to evacuate
- Take your emergency supplies kit and only get with you what you really need (mobile phone, chargers, medicines, identity documents such as a passport or license and cash).
- Unplug your devices. If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity and water.
- Follow the routes recommended by rescuers even if there is traffic. Other routes may be blocked or flooded. Never drive through flooded areas – cars and other vehicles can be swept away or stalled in as little as 6 inches of moving water.
- Contact your local emergency management office and ask if they offer accommodations for owners and their pets. Learn more about bugging out with your pet.
If you have to stay home
- Keep your emergency supply kit in an easily accessible place.
- Listen to the radio or television for hurricane updates.
- Stay inside. Even if it looks quiet, don’t go out. Wait to hear or see an official message that the hurricane has passed. Sometimes the weather calms down in the middle of a storm, but quickly turns bad again.
- Stay away from windows – you could be injured by shards of glass or flying debris during a storm. Stay in a windowless room or enter a closet.
Be ready to leave. If emergency authorities order you to leave or your home is damaged, you may need to go to a shelter or a neighbour’s house.