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Officials urge preparedness as hurricane season approaches

Posted at 6:39 AM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 07:40:29-04

The start of the Atlantic Hurricane season is less than a month away and officials are urging that residents begin to prepare.

On Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness proclaimed the week of May 5 through May 11 as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Louisiana.

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1.

KATC’s Abby Breidenbach was LIVE Monday morning with tips on how Louisiana residents can prepare.

A list of hurricane supplies, evacuation information and other critical information can be found on the website.

Officials provided a list of items you and your family may need in the event you must evacuate or shelter in place:

    • A three to five day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won’t spoil
    • One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person
    • A first aid kit that includes your family’s prescription medications
    • Emergency tools including a battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries
    • An extra set of car keys and a credit card, cash or traveler’s checks
    • Sanitation supplies
    • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
    • An extra pair of glasses
    • Important family documents in a portable, waterproof container
    • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
    • Paper and pencil
    • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
    • Infant formula and diapers
    • Pet food and extra water

Hurricane season ends November 30.