As Danny weakens, emergency officials stay alert

As Danny weakens, emergency officials stay alert

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With Danny losing strength as it moves towards the Caribbean, things are quiet at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.  A good sign for now, but that could change at a moment's notice.

"Over the next few weeks we are literally in the heart of hurricane season. This is the time of the year when you maybe see multiple storm to form or multiple systems start to form," said GOHSEP spokesman Mike Steele.

Even now, GOHSEP officials are closing watching two different systems that have formed off the coast of Africa.  If the time comes, the staff can quickly assemble to help connect parishes and cities with any state resources they need, from law enforcement to sandbags.

The system itself is a product of lessons hard learned 10 years ago.  GOHSEP was formed after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as a way for local officials to easily connect to state emergency officials.

"We are approaching the anniversaries for Rita and Katrina which was kind of turning point for the state, but it's also a good reminder that this a very critical time in Louisiana," said Steele.

Getting your emergency preparedness plan includes knowing where you would evacuate to if needed, locating important documents and stocking up on medicine... food and water. It's also important to have a plan for pets.  Finally, stay informed and listen to any
instructions from emergency officials.  Apps like the state's Get a Game Plan can walk you through storm preps, and the WAFB first alert weather app can help you keep track of any severe weather headed your way.

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