Aug 29, 2014 1:54 PM by KATC
BATON ROUGE - On the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall in Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a proclamation in support of September being designated as National Preparedness Month.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other partners encourage the public to get a game plan to protect themselves, their families and their homes in the event of severe weather or other emergencies. September is often a very active time for hurricanes or smaller tropical systems that threaten the state.
"Emergency managers at the state, local and federal levels work year round to be prepared for a crisis. National Preparedness Month is a time to examine your emergency game plan and restock your emergency supplies. Take a moment to do that now, because we also face the potential threats associated with thunderstorms, flooding and industrial accidents which can involve little or no warning." GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis said.
Families and individuals should have an emergency plan that outlines what they will do if they have to shelter in place because of an emergency and what they will do if they have to evacuate. Emergency kits should include any items to help you get through both of those situations.
The kit should include, among other supplies: flashlights, extra batteries, battery-powered radio and lantern, a first aid kit, canned food and a non-electric can opener, special medical items for any members of the family with special needs, high energy foods like peanut butter and jelly, crackers and granola bars, a utility knife, plastic sheeting or tarps, protective clothing and rainwear, a change of clothes for each family member and at least three gallons of water per person and pet.
Gathering supplies in one place will help families locate them in the event of a power outage. If a family must leave its home, the kit can go with them.