Hurricane season is a little over a month away and several agencies are gearing up to weather the storm.
Although the 2013 hurricane season was fairly quiet, meteorologists in the News Ten Weather Center are expecting this years hurricane season to be below average. The experts are predicting 11 named storms, including five hurricanes. With the below average projections, security measures are still being carried out.
“We've put some N.O.A.A. weather radios throughout some of the locations in the parish. We put some in each one of the municipalities in City Hall, and in the schools that way if bad weather comes through we have some type of way they can get the broadcast directly from the National Weather Service” said Lee Hebert, Director of Acadia Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
The efforts of Acadia Parish officials have earned them a certificate of recognition as a StormReady community. Hebert says, “We're just trying keep the community informed on any type of weather situation throughout the year. This is one of the ways we can do it (getting StormReady certified) and get a little accreditation that were actually doing the job.”
In Scott, officials are equally prepared, but in a slightly different fashion. Scott Police Chief, Chad Leger says they have a complete cement bunker, “it's one of the safest rooms in Lafayette Parish. We're on high land, we're not in a flood zone. With this room right here is cinderblocks with cent in the cinderblocks, we have a cement ceiling.”
The Emergency Operations Center is equipped with multiple monitors for security and weather observation, a communications center for a dispatcher to receive calls intended for any service in the building, and many other resources for a purpose.
Leger says, “When we tell our citizens to evacuate mother nature is coming, we need you to evacuate, we have to remain. We stay here for the safe and well-being of everything else that's going on.”