Tracking the Tropics

Oct 4, 2013 12:12 PM by Seneca J. Broussard

Southeast Louisiana Urged to Prepare For Tropical Storm Karen

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Karen has formed in Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall in southeast Louisiana late Saturday evening.

In anticipation of the tropical storm, Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard, while authorities are recommending that people in the area prepare for strong winds, heavy rains and flooding by gathering these personal safety items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit

In addition to the items from the above list, business owners in the area are encouraged to prepare a "Ready Kit" necessary for business to continue after a small interruption or big disaster. Store your "Ready Kit" in a fire-resistant, waterproof box and in a safe, offsite location after filling it with these suggested items:

  • Business Continuity Plan/Emergency Plan
  • Emergency contact list of employees and key customers/clients
  • List of suppliers and vendors
  • Insurance policies and agent information
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Inventory list and pictures
  • Voice mail box number and remote password
  • Back-up computer systems/data files
  • Pictures of business interior and exterior
  • Video or photos of company assets
  • List of current values of all inventory and assets
  • Camera to document damage
  • Legal documents
  • Current financials
  • Last 3 years' tax returns
  • Cash reserves
  • Bank records including checking, savings, credit and debit cards, loans and letters of credit

Please contact (866)782-4159 or visit www.lsbdc.org for additional information.

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