Miller: Storms bear watching; time to prepare
AMITE—Forecasters are watching two tropical depressions that could track toward the Gulf of Mexico, and Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said now is the time for residents to review their hurricane plans and be ready to implement them, if necessary.
As of Thursday afternoon, forecasters are watching two areas of concern. Tropical Depression 14 is in the Caribbean Sea and forecast tracks currently show it moving toward the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Tropical Depression 13 is in the Atlantic, charting a course to the west.
“As you know, the end of August is when hurricane season heats up, and we are closely monitoring both of these systems as they track westward,” Miller said.
He encouraged residents to take time this weekend to double check hurricane supplies and review their game plan with family and friends.
“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 reminds the public that COVID-19 has changed the way the parish will be able to offer shelter in the event of a storm.
“Thanks to COVID-19, evacuation shelters are really going to be shelters of last resort in 2020,” Miller said. "Our evacuation shelters will have to follow the same spatial limitations as any other facility where large gatherings are held. As a result, we are urging our residents to prepare now to stay with friends or family in the case of a storm event instead of seeking shelter in one of our evacuation sites.”
Additionally, residents are encouraged to check out the parish’s emergency preparedness website (https://tangipahoa.org/government/emergency-preparedness/hurricane-information) for information on how to prepare for a storm.