Emergency officials warn of the potential storm possibly heading toward SWLA

Emergency officials warn of the potential storm possibly heading toward SWLA

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Dick Gremillion from the Calcasieu Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness says this storm forming in the gulf has the potential to bring damage to Southwest Louisiana.

“The seriousness of it has multiplied this morning with this new forecast,” Gremillion said. “Power is going to be out, we could have damage to dwellings, so you need to think about the aftermath of these things as well.”

Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police says residents should gather emergency supplies like water, non-perishable food, flashlights, extra medicines, and other important items.

“Get those supplies together, now is a good time to get gasoline, cash will be the way business is going to be conducted if the power does go out so good idea to have cash on hand,” Anderson said.

Gremillion says something else important to do is to make a family plan for communication in case phone lines are down. This way everyone has that piece of mind.

“Well this is short notice, but we always ask people to be prepared here in southwest Louisiana,” Gremillion said. “I would tell people not to wait to make their plans for what their going to do with the approach of this storm.”

“I would say it’s better to be too prepared than not prepared enough,” Anderson said.

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