Preparing for the 2012 hurricane season

First responders prepare for disaster

HACKBERRY, LA (KPLC) - Different state and government agencies came together in Hackberry for a emergency response training course.

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness partnered with the Louisiana National Guard to bring a training exercise in preparation for the 2012 hurricane season, which starts June 1.

During the practice missions, agencies can identify any gaps in those missions to perfect their skills.

Practice missions included air, water and ground search and rescue operations. Other training exercises included security, distribution of resources and communications.

"We're working all the communications parts, making sure we can talk throughout Cameron Parish and Calcasieu Parish in the event there is a storm where all the infrastructure is wiped out," Major Jody Guidry, Third Battalion Commander of the 156 Infantry for the La. Army and National Guard said.

Different tasks were exercised throughout different locations in the state to fit the threats that those specific places experience, like hurricanes and flooding that Cameron Parish experiences.

"What we're doing is working out systems so we can do joint operations in the event there is a hurricane," Guidry said.

There are more than 9,000 soldiers and airmen in Louisiana available for the 2012 hurricane season.

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