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First responders in Tangipahoa Parish have new plans for hurricane season

(Source: Andrew Nomura/WAFB) (Source: Andrew Nomura/WAFB)
AMITE, LA (WAFB) - Tangipahoa Parish first responders will be using a new evacuation plan this hurricane season in hopes to be more efficient.

Dawson Primes is the director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Tangipahoa Parish. He said before in times of an emergency, like during a hurricane, the parish would open-up seven shelters all at once. Now, he said only three shelters will open one by one in a staggered order. One in the North and South ends and in the middle of the parish.

"Each one of those shelters requires upwards of a dozen people for management, security and logistics," said Primes "To be able to pull the trigger on all of those at one time it's an impossible task."

Gerald Giardina is the owner of Drive-In Drug Store in Amite. He said he knows how serious hurricanes can be especially surviving hurricane Katrina when it hit in 2005. He said that he understands the parish's reasoning.

"I think it's a great idea," said Giradina. "Rather than the parish have all of the shelters open at once and have a chaotic situation where have folks that may not know where to go."
 
Primes said the parish could open up more shelters if need. 

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