BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With the 2016 hurricane season less than two months away, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is sharpening its skills and practicing its plan this week.
In this year's planning exercise, state emergency offices and other agencies are battling simulated category 3 hurricane that leaves in its wake a building collapse and a train derailment. Three other states are also holding their own Vigilant Guard exercises.
The Vigilant Guard 2016 for Louisiana is all in an effort to make sure every department knows what to do if the time comes.
"There's a lot of lessons learned over the years, even going back to storms like Isaac, where you had a smaller storm that just kind of stalled out on the coastline," said Mike Steele with GOHSEP. "We learn from each of those events. These types of exercises allows us to analyze those things and develop better plans to deal with it."
The storm simulation is a week-long exercise and will continue through Friday.