With a potential tropical storm, Invest 92L, brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. John Bel Edwards today declared a state of emergency for all of Louisiana through Aug. 8—a move requiring Baton Rouge business owners to brace for storm surges, hurricane-force winds and heavy flooding.
Louisiana is located in the “bull’s eye” of a tropical disturbance that will likely strengthen into Hurricane Barry—a Category 1 hurricane expected to make landfall Saturday night near Lake Charles, the USA Today Network reports. Baton Rouge is forecasted to experience 39 mile-per-hour winds by Friday morning, with at least several inches of rainfall projected for the local area.
In a prepared statement issued Tuesday evening, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome says she’s coordinating with local, state and federal partners to monitor the storm and will share updates as forecasts change.
But in the meantime, here are some ways local companies can prepare:
- Protect important work-related documents—Either digitize them in a secure online portal, or take them out of the office and bring them with you;
- Check your insurance coverage—Call your provider ahead of time to circumvent potential headaches;
- Keep the office from flooding—Pick up sand and sandbags at one of nine locations (listed under “Sand and Sandbag Locations”) throughout East Baton Rouge Parish;
- Take strategic routes—Does your business rely on truck fleets or other vehicles? Tell drivers to avoid these 14 streets and intersections (listed under “City Assets”), where the Baton Rouge Police Department and public works department would first deploy barricades;
- Regularly communicate plans—Keep your coworkers, superiors or employees in the loop by remaining in constant contact. Stay up to date with what’s happening by following @RedStickReady on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or downloading the free Red Stick Ready mobile app on Apple and Android devices.
Track the latest storm updates from the National Weather Service.