Miller: Shelters may not be an option
AMITE—Tangipahoa Parish Government is in storm-preparation mode, and Parish President Robby Miller is urging residents to get serious about their storm preparations this weekend as two tropical weather systems make their way toward the Gulf Coast.
Miller said the next 24-48 hours is the timeframe when residents need to get a game plan in place, particularly for those who may need to seek higher ground or stronger shelter in the event that either storm tracks this way.
“COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we will be able to evacuate residents in weather events,” Miller said, explaining that there is no guarantee the parish will even be able to open storm shelters.
“If--and I must emphasize, the word here is ‘if’--we can open shelters, space will be very limited,” Miller said. He added that not only will COVID-19 spacing requirements be put into place, but also health screenings of those facing potential evacuation.”
“Residents with pre-existing conditions would be best-served by making provisions now to shelter with a friend, a neighbor, a family member, or any other option that can be arranged well in advance of a potential landfall event,” Miller said.
Miller said now is a good time for those who need to gather supplies for a potential weather event to do so.
“Perhaps it’s being overly cautious, but now is a good time to build a disaster supply kit, gather batteries, and guarantee you have an emergency supply of non-perishable food in the event of a storm,” Miller said. He also encouraged residents to make sure they have an adequate supply of any prescription medication they may need and copies of important documents in case they need to leave home for any length of time.
The parish’s emergency preparedness website (https://tangipahoa.org/government/emergency-preparedness/hurricane-information) offers a wealth of information on how to prepare for a storm. Miller said updates will be posted on the parish website and on the TPG social media channels to advise residents of any areas of concern.