Thursday, May 13, 2021
This week is Hurricane Preparedness Week; a perfect time to review plans and check supplies before the official start of hurricane season on June 1, 2021.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active season ever recorded with 30 named storms - 14 developing into hurricanes - and recorded damages of more than $51.146 billion. While we cannot control the weather, we can do our part to engage with our citizens and to disseminate critical information about how to be properly equipped and weather aware. I recommend visiting St. Tammany’s Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness website for tips and information. On our site, you will see many links to documents such as Evacuation Routes, Emergency Supply Check Lists, and a sign-up link for Alert St. Tammany.
Alert St. Tammany is a great tool to show our citizens that when an emergency threatens our community, St. Tammany Parish is ready to respond quickly. It is one way you may receive updates and warnings should they be issued; however, we recommend everyone have multiple ways to receive information in case of an emergency. Being hurricane strong is about working together within our communities. We must practice personal safety, family preparedness, and damage prevention, while communicating the importance of these efforts with our neighbors.
St. Tammany Parish has been recognized by the National Weather Service as a StormReady Community. Being StormReady means being prepared when severe weather strikes through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but being StormReady can help save lives.
As always, should you have questions or if I may be of assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Michael B. Cooper