The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. Officials in all areas of emergency management urge residents and businesses to prepare in advance for loss of power and services.
It's recommended that people have enough food and water for a week, in the event of a disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina.
Officials advise that preparedness include:
A solid emergency response plan. Find evacuation routes from the home or business and establish meeting places. Make sure everyone understands the plan beforehand. Keep emergency phone numbers handy. Business owners should designate a contact person to communicate with other employees, customers and vendors. Ask an out-of-state friend or family member to be your “post-disaster” point of contact, a person to call to provide information on your safety and whereabouts.