We’re less than a month from another hurricane season.

As it is every year, the beginning of June brings with it a chance to remind ourselves to prepare for the worst even as we hope for the best.

It’s also a chance to look around at the progress we’ve made in protecting ourselves from storms and to take note of how very much remains in that ongoing battle.

“We are much better prepared now than we have ever had been because of the combination of the Terrebonne Parish Levee District and the Terrebonne Parish consolidated government jointly building better protection and raising or building new levees,” said Levee District Executive Director Reggie Dupre. “I guess what you have now that we did not have 10 years ago are the beginning stages of a redundant storm surge protection system for Terrebonne Parish.”

There has been a great deal of work done on the Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system, an enormous undertaking that is already providing some protection and should return greater dividends as work further progresses in the years ahead.

Fact remains, though, that we live in coastal communities that are increasingly vulnerable to storms. The water is rising, our land is subsiding, and the wetlands between us and the Gulf are eroding.

We have to make a much more determined effort to rebuild coastal land and to head off further erosion as much as possible. And, we have to prepare for the possibility that a storm could come our way.

This is something we do every year with the beginning of storm season. We always hope that we are spared the worst of what Mother Nature can bring. But we have to behave like a bad one is coming.

With some luck, all of our preparation will be wasted and there will be nothing but blue skies from now through the end of November. But we know better than to assume that will be the case.

We have seen storms in the past. Even relatively week storms can be deadly and devastating under certain circumstances.

But if we do what we can to prepare in advance, we will be more likely to get out and return safely.

Think about creating a general plan for your loved ones and anyone else you might be responsible for moving during an emergency. Make sure everyone who is part of it knows about the plan. Think now about what you will do with your pets. And make sure you have on hand everything you will need to evacuate safely and as comfortably as possible.

We do this every year because we have to do it. Let’s make ourselves and our loved ones as safe as we can in preparing for yet another hurricane season. And let’s hope none of it is ever needed.


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