Preparations Made for Possible Evacuations

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

It was business as usual in most locations around town Monday, even though Tropical Storm Ida is moving toward the Gulf Coast. Hotels haven't even seen a noticeable increase in reservations for evacuees.

Behind closed doors, emergency responders were getting ready anyway.

"Right now we know that the coastal counties are setting up shelters, and we are ready to set shelters up, should they be needed," said Susan Wehr, executive director of the Key Chapter of the American Red Cross.

NAS Meridian is where the most action is happening locally. There, emergency manager Bryon Garrison is preparing for evacuees from military bases along the coast. The latest word is that up to 50 families will be housed at NAS Meridian from Grand Isle, Louisiana.

"We are expecting about 46 individuals with their dependents. Based on what Tropical Storm Ida does it could be more, could be less," Garrison said.

"Unless we have a large influx of evacuees for something that Ida does that we are not prepared for right now, as far as what the weather is telling us, Key Chapter will be ready," said Wehr.

Families that evacuate to NAS Meridian will stay until it's safe to return to their current stations.

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