National Hurricane Preparedness Week begins next week and Louisiana gets a bit of a head start with the 2014 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday this Saturday and Sunday.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security spokesperson Mike Steele says a good rule of thumb is to get these items now before there is a critical need.
"Everyone's kind of been through those scenarios where you have the long lines, you know, where everybody's trying to get those last minute supplies. And that's not a good situation for anyone to go through."
The sales tax holiday suspends the state sales tax on hurricane preparedness items like batteries, portable generators, flashlights, and more. Steele says in addition to having supplies on hand, a good communication plan with friends and family can be very important.
"You know, get to know your neighbors ahead of time, so that if we are faced with a crisis you can kind of work together and everybody can pull together and get through these situations."
National Hurricane Preparedness Week's message is to get prepared for possible storms before they are bearing down on the coast. Steele says that it is a good idea to be prepared not only during hurricane season, but year round.
"It can be a man made situation, with maybe an industrial site, that can cause you to be evacuated in a matter of minutes. Or it could be a situation with like a hurricane where we do have a few days to kind of prepare."