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With hurricane season
already underway, local agencies want residents to get prepared the right way.
That's why at Monday's hurricane forum experts talked about the common
Taping your windows
prevents damage. Tying down your mobile home makes it hurricane proof. We're
not due for another big one. All myths the experts say need to be dispelled.
"Our being prepared is part of living
on the Gulf Coast," said Tim Osborn with NOAA.
Officials say if you're not already
prepared, you're behind schedule.
When preparing, there are several
myths that officials want to dispel like the idea that taping or opening your
windows can prevent damage. Always board them up.
Emergency officials also tell
residents always listen to evacuation orders.
"If there is an evacuation order, be
prepared to leave early, that way you're not caught in traffic," said Jefferson
Davis Sheriff-Elect Ivy Woods.
Your mobile home is not safe just
because it's tied down. And don't wait until the weather gets bad to leave, it
may be too late. If you plan to stay behind, be prepared.
"If it's going to be a tropical
depression and you want to stay home, be prepared with batteries, with a radio
that can function with batteries, flashlights, and plan to stay within the
house," said Woods. "Get out and get the groceries that you'll need."
The number one killer in hurricanes is
not the storm surge, it's flooding from rainfall. But the storm surge doesn't
only affect coastal areas either.
And another myth: the "big one"
only comes ever 50 years. Experts remind us that Lily came in 2002, Rita came
in 2005 and Ike came in 2008, each only three years apart. Another problem
occurs when residents think a strong hurricane will wipe out their home no
matter what. Osborn says that's not the mindset to have.
"The only thing that you got to add is
your own participation in this," said Osborn. "Don't be afraid, be prepared."
While tropical storm Debby
is no longer a threat here in southwest Louisiana, there is still a lot of time
left in the 2012 hurricane season.
Andy Patrick from the National Weather Service gave a presentation regarding this season's projections. He said they planned for a season not as active as last year's, but this is the earliest in the season four storms have even been named. Their predictions say there will be 9-15 named storms this year, but Patrick said it will most likely fall on the higher end.
Parish officials suggest
residents remain prepared, because if a storm forms quickly, there may not be