LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Alex is getting stronger in the gulf. Right now, most models say it is not coming this way, but area officials say it should serve as a reminder that hurricane season is here.
"The track could change. Hopefully it won't, but they should be prepared," said Mark Cooper with The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. He urges people log on to www.getagameplan.org for information on stocking up on supplies, and even evacuation routs. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff, Tony Mancuso said the worse thing people can do is to wait.
"When it all comes down at one time, and everybody kind of gets in panic mode, then we have a hard time re-supplying our gas stations and re-supplying our distributor. So, now is the time to be prepared," said Sheriff Mancuso.
Often times residents will decide to take their chances and ride out the storm. Officials believe this is the wrong thing to do. If a mandatory evacuation is ordered this hurricane season they strongly advise you leave.
"I have talked with families that stayed in their homes during the storms, and they say you know what, 'I wish I would have left.' When you can't help yourself, and you know no one else is coming, it can be very scary," said Superintendent of Louisiana State Police, Colonel Mike Edmonson.