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Gov. Edwards urges Louisiana to prepare for Tropical Storm Beta

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state's efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state's efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)(Gerald Herbert | AP)
Published: Sep. 20, 2020 at 5:08 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - On Sept. 20, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness urged Louisiana residents to prepare for Tropical Storm Beta.

The storm could bring threats of storm surge and flooding in certain parts of the state. Tropical Storm Beta comes as many people in the state are still recovering from Hurricane Laura.

Gov. Edwards is encouraging residents to keep up with the forecast and to have a game plan.

“We understand the threat of severe weather is even more of a risk in some areas at this time,” said Gov. Edwards. “We have started communication with our local partners as the storm approaches the state. GOHSEP’s Crisis Action Team remains activated to process any resources for local support. We encourage everyone to stay informed about the changing conditions and forecast. Follow the directions of your local officials to help you make safe decisions for you, your family, and your business. We strongly urge everyone to check your supplies and review www.getagameplan.org for preparedness information.”

The National Weather Service said the state could be impacted by flooding and there is a slight risk of tornadic activity. Water is already crossing some coastal routes.

Gov. Edwards also wants to remind Louisiana residents of things they may need during if they have to evacuate or shelter in place:

  • A three to five day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won’t spoil
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • A first aid kit that includes your family’s prescription medications
  • Emergency tools including a battery-powered radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries
  • An extra set of car keys and a credit card, cash or traveler’s checks
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Special items for infant, elderly, or disabled family members
  • An extra pair of glasses
  • Important family documents in a portable, waterproof container
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water

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