Emergency Officials Urge Coastal Residents to Have Evacuation Plans in PlaceBy Rhonda Miller | Published 22 Aug 2011 10:56pm |
Irene, the Atlantic hurricane season’s first storm, is a reminder for Gulf Coast residents to be prepared. MPB’s Rhonda Miller found some who know the significance of being ready.
Living one block from the beach in Waveland, Cheryl Kring had her home destroyed twice - in Hurricanes Camille and Katrina. Kring has been prepared for hurricane season for quite a while now, with her family’s important documents organized and packed.
"I have some in crates, which is my husband’s Army information. And I went and bought some sealable containers with lids. I have three of those right now, so all I have to do is grab the containers and go," Kring said.
In addition emergency supplies like food, water and medicine, it’s important to have an evacuation plan with a reliable destination. Bay Saint Louis Fire Chief Pam San Fillippo said plans should be made in advance to safely transport elderly relatives and people with special needs.
And she said all the details related to pets should be worked out, because she saw the deadly results of not being prepared during Hurricane Katrina.
"There were a couple of people that had pets that lived in some low-lying areas, that just refused to leave, and we knew they stayed and as far as I know, they were never accounted for. So the issue of pets became a huge problem," San Filippo said. "I’m a pet owner and I fully understand. I wouldn’t leave without mine either."
San Fillippo said residents should locate pet-friendly shelters or hotels and have supplies needed to travel with animals.
The peak hurricane season is mid-August through October.
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