This month, residents in some Southwest Louisiana parishes should expect a call asking about the steps they would take when evacuating from a hurricane.
The survey is being done by LSU’s Stephenson Disaster Management Institute and will include cell phones and landlines. Calls will be made in the following parishes: Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, Vermilion, Acadia, Assumption, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin and St. Mary.
Each call averages roughly 22 minutes, with LSU appearing in the caller ID.
Participants will be asked if they would stay or evacuate during a hurricane, their evacuation route and destination, along with how well they know the evacuation route.
Survey results will help state officials learn more about how residents plan to evacuate during a storm, better assess transportation needs, as well as understand what residents expect after they return home.
“The more input we get from the public on their tendencies, the better we can plan,” said Mike Steele, communications director for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Steele said a similar survey was done in Southeast Louisiana parishes about two to three years ago. He said the office is trying to spread the word about the survey to get enough participants.
“It would help us track which people may need assistance to evacuate,” Steele said. “There’s a lot of information, from sheltering needs, transportation needs, to the routes people choose.”
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To learn more about hurricane preparedness, visit getagameplan.org.