BATON ROUGE, LA — Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden is urging East Baton Rouge residents to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Ernesto as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, and to review preliminary precautions.
“Sit down with your family and review your emergency plans and let’s not forget to include your pets,” said Mayor Holden said.
He noted that each Family Disaster Kit should contain enough supplies for at least four days, and should include items such as flashlights, water, batteries and medications. Please visit www.redstickready.com for additional tips and information.
Today and tomorrow happen to be the 2012 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday, which exempts the 4 percent state sales tax on many purchases, making it a good time to stock up on storm supplies. The exemption applies to the first $2,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item.
Mayor Holden is also urging East Baton Rouge residents to use the “Buddy System,” and to talk to their neighbors and check on the elderly about how they can work together to ensure everyone is Red Stick Ready. The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) will continue to coordinate with local and state officials.