National Hurricane Preparedness Week may have officially ended May 7, but local officials are saying now is the perfect time to begin getting things ready for the official start of Hurricane Season on June 1.
After several years of above-average activity, and severe damage to areas of Louisiana due to increasing numbers of storms, Madison Parish E-911 Director Cynthia Machen said all residents should be alert and prepared.
“Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem,” Machen said. “Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland and significant damage can occur, even without it being a major hurricane. Many of us rely on our neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbor before a hurricane approaches.”
Machen said beginning to plan now with friends and family could be a crucial step to remaining safe down the line.
“Start the conversation now with your neighbors about strategies to take in the event of a hurricane,” she said. “Learn what actions your neighbor intends to take with their family if a hurricane approaches and compare each other’s plans so you will be better prepared to endure and recover from any damages.”
For more information, continue to check madisonjournal.com. Information released by Madison Parish E-911, Madison Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, as well information from state and federal offices will be posted throughout preparation for, as well as during, hurricane season.