Hurricane Season Advice: Make Plans Now

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Posted on May 30, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
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Area emergency preparedness experts work on hurricane planning year round. But they point to Hurricane Isaac, and note that every tropical system has different impacts.

"I think we learned some valuable lessons that we have to be prepared for anything," said Jerry Sneed, Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security.

"Just because it is expected to be a quiet season, doesn't mean we won't be impacted," said Matthew Moreland, Emergency Response Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Slidell.

They say plans are being evaluated, tested, and updated for this hurricane season, and say that with the new 14-billion dollar flood control system almost complete, we are better protected than ever.

"We have a system that we have a great deal of confidence in and our teams are practicing on a monthly basis," said Tim Doody, President of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. "They are going to step up those practice runs twice a month during hurricane season."

"The Sewerage & Water Board is prepared for these kind of events year round," said Joe Becker, Sewerage & Water Board General Superintendent. "We have a massive drainage pumping system. We have 24 different pumping stations, 199 pumps."

"Our plan is good, we feel very, very comfortable with the City plan, the regional plan," said Col. Sneed. "My biggest concern is complacency amongst the citizens."

City leaders are trying to plan for every contingency. For those who don't have their own transportation, they have 17 special bus stops across the city, called EvacuSpots, where you can catch a ride out of town if an evacuation is called. They just want you to make sure you are prepared.

"When the call comes to evacuate, and it is going to come, everybody needs to heed that call, listen to the public officials, and go," concluded Tim Doody.

They ask you to update your plans so you're prepared to either evacuate or stay in place. 

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