Ready for hurricane season? Check out this help

After last year’s catastrophic hurricane season and Subtropical Storm Alberto kicking off this year’s Atlantic hurricane season before it began, the need to be prepared is clear.

“2017 was marked with record-setting disasters,” said Red Cross Regional CEO Joshua Joachim. “In just 45 days during the later half of 2017, the Red Cross responded to six of the year’s largest and most complex disasters. This included back-to-back hurricanes with Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate, the deadliest week of wildfires in California history, and the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history in Las Vegas.”

For the South, last year’s recording setting storm season is why the American Red Cross is emphasizing preparedness at the earliest possible time, as well as beefing up its own operations to quicken responsiveness.

“With the prediction of the active storm season and last year showing what those predictions resulted in gives us plenty reason to be vigilant,” said Joachim.

Here are important contacts:

National Weather Service

– Alerts, social media contacts, and National Weather Service NOW app available on Google Play. www.weather.gov

Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness – Www/gohsep.la.gov

– Download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide, get a Game Plan app and emergency kit instructions.

St. Charles Parish Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness – www.stcharlesparish-la.gov

– Download the Atlantic Hurricane Season Be Prepared booklet, weather alerts, evacuation warnings, preparedness tips, sandbag locations and emergency information line: 1-888-SCP-9EOC

Entergy – www.entergy.com

– App with outage alerts and maps, as well as bill pay, information on what Entergy does to prepare for storms, and downloadable copy of Operation: Storm Ready.

American Red Cross

– The Red Cross Emergency! App is available for free download at the Apple Store and Google Play for mobile devices with weather alerts and shelter openings.

St. Charles Herald-Guide – https://www.heraldguide.com/ and www.facebook.com/heraldguide

– Get storm coverage and alerts on the website and Facebook.

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