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Governor Jindal urges residents to be prepared and monitor Erika

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Governor Jindal has signed a proclamation to declare September as National Preparedness Month. 

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness wants to encourage people to get a game plan so that everyone can protect themselves, their families and homes in the event of another severe weather event or emergency. 

GOHSEP also wants to encourage everyone to keep an eye on Tropical Storm Erika as it moves closer and closer to the states. Forecasters are still trying to determine its track and if the storm will strengthen.

"Emergency managers at the state, local and federal levels are dedicated to help protect you during an emergency," says GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. "National Preparedness Month is a time for you to examine your personal plans and restock your emergency supplies. Hurricanes are one of the biggest concerns to the state, but each region faces other possible threats that could force you to take immediate action or evacuate. Also, stay informed about Erika. Any track change to the west could mean the storm would enter the Gulf of Mexico and potentially become a threat to Louisiana. Weather experts say we will know a lot more about Erika's course within the next 48 hours." 

Individuals and families should have an emergency plan that outlines what to do if they have to shelter in place because or an emergency or whenever they need to evacuate. 

An emergency kit should contain any items that will help you get through both situations. Putting all of the supplies in one place will help with locating it faster during a power outage and quickly grab them if you have to leave. 

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