State and local leaders urge residents to prepare for Tropical Storm Karen

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - "If you have a disaster you want to make sure you can deploy there fairly quickly," said Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Kevin Davis.

Davis adds that being prepared is the name of the game.

"I would encourage all of our residents to monitor the local media and any alerts they may get because you never know on these storms," said Davis

Davis also urges folks to stay updated by following GOHSEP on and even on social media sites. In the meantime, GOHSEP is doing what it can to prepare its resources.

"We keep assets positioned throughout the state and we've already evaluated that. Army National Guard is looking at some movement just to be ready just in case that should be lots of power outages if it doesn't turn to the east," said Davis.

Like GOHSEP, local municipalities are also ready to go on a moment's notice. In East Baton Rouge Parish, Department of Public Works crews are ready to distribute about 3,500 cubic yards of sand.

"Every department is on alert. Fire, police, EMS. We have everybody, every unit of our government standing ready to take action immediately," said Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden.

Holden urges residents to take the threat seriously and have essentials like batteries and radios ready in case of power outages along with canned food and water but also says they should keep track of neighbors and family members who may require some added attention.

"Adopt a buddy system, check on your family, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly or the informed to make sure they're alright and check on them until after the storm has passed," said Holden.

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