GOHSEP prepares for short notice storms

GOHSEP prepares for short notice storms

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Employees at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) went through training exercises Wednesday morning to prepare for short to no-notice weather events, just like the August flood.

One exercise was a drill, with computers simulating a slow-moving storm. Employees then developed a response plan on the fly.

Officials said they've made changes since last summer's disaster.

Chris Guilbeaux, deputy director of preparedness, said the area reworked the most was sheltering.

"We normally have four or five days to get those shelters ready and get the folks to those shelters, either by bus or by their own personal cars," Guilbeaux said. "We found that we need to do an extensive amount of planning for the short-notice, no-notice events when sheltering folks. So now, we've established a new, unified shelter plan."

"There's always something to learn out of any of these exercises," added Frank Revitte, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service who helped create the simulation. "I think it's very good for everyone, whether it's weather service, local, federal, state, to exercise their plans, review them and make sure they're ready."

GOHSEP will continue these types of exercises in preparation for hurricane season, which starts on June 1, or any other weather disaster before then.

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