Local officials urge awareness as hurricane season beginsJun 3rd, 2013 | By Seth Babin | Category: news
The 2013-2014 Hurricane Season has officially begun, and the Plaquemines Parish Government wants to make sure all residents are thoroughly prepared for storms of all shapes and sizes.
“The biggest thing is that we’re trying not to concentrate on hurricane categories but on the entire risk of the storm,” said Director of Emergency Preparedness Guy Laigast. “Storm surge is the most dangerous part of the storm. More people die from flooding than from wind.”
Laigast noted that Hurricane Isaac, which devastated the Eastbank and Lower Plaquemines last year, was only rated as a category one storm, but that factors other than wind speed helped to make it so impactful.
“With Isaac and Sandy, we as a nation learned a hard lesson: not to allow ourselves to be caught unaware because a storm is not in a higher category.”
Laigast also addressed criticisms regarding the length of power outages after Hurricane Isaac. He had a “great meeting” with Entergy and reminded citizens of the need for patience after a storm.
“You still need to prepare, whether you are in a flood prone area or not. We may not order an evacuation for areas like Belle Chasse, but that doesn’t mean the power won’t be out.”
As part of those preparations, Laigast suggests signing up for weather alerts and emergency updates at www.plaqueminesparish.com/emergency-preparedness.php, which also contains information on signing up for evacuation assistance and re-entry placards.
“If you’re a resident of Plaquemines Parish, you want to get your emergency info straight from the Plaquemines Parish Government. You want to go directly to the most local source.”