Experts are predicting an active hurricane season, though not as active as last year, said Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft.


Experts are predicting an active hurricane season, though not as active as last year, said Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft.
The season officially starts June 1 and ends November 30.
Though it's an early forecaset, hurricane experts Dr. William Gray, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University and his colleague Phillip J. Klotzbach are predicting 16 named storms with nine becoming hurricanes and five possibly becoming major hurricanes.
“As always, the hurricane season in Louisiana is a time for vigilance, but with notice of an active season, we all need to take even more precautions," said Craft. "“Preparation and planning are key elements in protecting lives and staying safe. So start now and avoid the rush at home supply stores, supermarkets, and other businesses that get crowded as hurricane watches and warnings are issued. Don?t wait until the last minute.”
The week of May 22-28, 2011 has been declared Hurricane Preparedness Week by the National Hurricane Center. Craft joins the National Hurricane Center in urging Louisiana residents to make hurricane emergency preparedness a priority this hurricane season.
“The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins June 1 and continues through November 30. With the 2011 hurricane season upon us, the most important thing to do is to get you, your family, and your home hurricane ready," he said. ?Start early. Start now.”
The 2011 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is set for May 28-29. Shoppers can purchase emergency supplies such as flashlights, radios, batteries, generators and more free from the four-percent state sales tax.
A disaster supply kit should include:
can opener
three day supply of non-perishable food
bedding or sleeping bags
fire extinguisher (small canister ABC type)
bleach (no lemon or other additives)
mosquito repellent
first aid kit
water (One gallon per person per day)
eating utensils
tarp, rope, and duct tape
toilet paper
battery-operated radio
extra batteries
extra keys
Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
Special items--remember family members with special needs such as infants, elderly and disabled persons and pets.
For baby —formula, diapers, wipes bottles, powdered milk and medications.
For adults —heart and high blood pressure medication, insulin, prescription drugs, denture needs, contact lenses and supplies and extra eye glasses.
For pets—ID tag, photo of pet for identification purposes, weeks supply of food, medications, veterinarian's phone number. Do not leave your pet behind. Transport pets in secure pet carriers and keep pets on leashes. Most emergency shelters do not admit pets. Check with hotels in safe locations and ask if you can bring your pet. Call family, friends and boarding kennels in a safe location to arrange care if you and your pet cannot stay together.
Entertainment —books for adult readers and for children, board games and/or other games that do not require batteries or electricity.
Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container: inventory of valuable household goods and important telephone numbers; family records (birth, marriage, death certificates); important papers including insurance, account numbers, money, checks or credit cards; name, address and telephone number of your selected out-of-area contact person.
“Time is on your side right now. Take advantage of it," said Craft. "Get hurricane ready. Call the sheriff's office if you need further information. We?re here to help you. Don?t get caught unprepared in the rush of a hurricane warning. Act now; you?ll be glad you did.”