Mayor's office, airport host Hurricane Awareness Tour

Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

Information provided by Mayor Sharon Weston Broome

BATON ROUGE, LA - Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP), and the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport will host the 2018 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hurricane Awareness Tour. The event will take place during National Hurricane Preparedness Week on Wednesday, May 9.

The one-day event will feature NOAA's Gulfstream-IV and U.S. Air Force Reserve WC-130J "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft.  Media and the public can tour the airplanes, meet NOAA hurricane experts, scientists, and flight crewmembers, and visit with local and state first responders while viewing specialized equipment used for response and recovery operations.

"As we approach the upcoming hurricane season, be Red Stick Ready by having a plan that will keep you and your family safe from all potential hazards that may affect our area, build a disaster supply kit, and use the Buddy System," said Mayor Broome. According to NOAA, an above average hurricane season is in the forecast. Mayor Broome added, "We encourage our citizens to attend the Hurricane Awareness Tour 2018 for a chance to interact and gain valuable emergency preparedness knowledge from our subject matter experts and first responders."

The Hurricane Awareness Tour 2018 will take place at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Multiplex Building, 4400 Airpark Boulevard on Wednesday, May 9 from 2pm - 5pm.

Local, state, federal, and private agencies will team up with Mayor Broome to offer important information, distribute handouts, speak with residents, present preparedness tips, and much more. Key stakeholders participating in our 2018 Hurricane Awareness Tour include, but are not limited to:

Acadian Ambulance
American Red Cross
Baton Rouge Fire Department
Baton Rouge Police Department
Capital Area Transit System (CATS)
Capital Area United Way (CAUW)
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control & Rescue; Emergency Medical Services (EMS); Information Services; Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP); Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control (MARC)
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP)
Louisiana Citizens Insurance
National Weather Service New Orleans (NWS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Louisiana Department of Health - Office of Public Health
St. George Fire Department
United States Coast Guard - Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge
Volunteer Louisiana