There is a hurricane warning is place from Cameron, LA to the AL/FL border. That means you can expect Hurricane force winds within the next 24 hours.
I just got back from the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center. I wanted to get 6 sandbags for my door and ended up filling over 50. There's still a lot of sand there, and no shortage of bags. The problem is, there's a lot of what I'm assuming is single women out there trying to fill and load sandbags by themselves. This is just wrong to me, so I did what I could until I couldn't go anymore. I was filling, all they had to do was hold and tie the bag.
Guys, if you're done with your preparations, and you are an able-bodied person, do yourself and your neighbors a favor and head to your closest sandbag location and help people out. I helped a 57 year old woman who was trying to fill and load sandbags by herself. There is ABSOLUTLY NO REASON for a 57 year old woman to have to do that herself. Get off your butt, bring a radio so you can listen to the LSU game, and go be a productive member of society. I know I'll be going back after a little rest. And don't forget to bring a shovel with you. The parish does NOT supply shovels for you.
Sandbags are available at:
*Civic Center Parking Lot
*Bayou Black Fire Station
*Schriever Fire Station
*Gibson Fire Station
*Donner/Chacahoula Fire Station
*Roselawn Ave./Payne Street
I just wanted to let you guys know that I've set up my Twitter account to update to this page. If you check the sidebar, you'll see the TWITTER UPDATE. I will be able to text to that once I lose power. That is a dynamic sidebar widget that I wrote, so whenever I update Twitter, it will update the blue text in that box. Also, there's a link at the top to my Twitter page.
When I woke up this morning, I saw that Gustav had jumped from an 80 MPH storm to a 120 MPH Storm. Looks like this bad boy really wants to play. I guess we'll just have to watch it and see what's going on.
Lafourche Parish, south of the Golden Meadow flood gates, is currently under a voluntary evacuation. That includes Grand Isle. It will become a Mandatory Evacuation order at 9AM tomorrow, and the rest of the parish will follow at 3PM.
800-35-HOUMA or (985) 876-2500. These are the two numbers you're going to need to know. Write them down, add them to your plan, do not lose them. Also, if you don't have a plan yet, check out www.getagameplan.org and check that site out. It's the LA Governers site about evacuating.
Go out and get the 4 "B's" of Hurricanes. Beer, Bottled Water, Batteries, and Bullets. The pucker factor is pretty high in Houma right now, as Gustav is predicted (although it's far out and the models are not very accurate) to make landfall in Morgan City, LA. Here at work (NOLA) people have been talking about this for a couple of days. I'm trying to make my plans to get the Hell out of Dodge, should the need arise. I'll be up in Bellefontaine, OH if anyone needs me.
As you can see from the new title, I'm temporarily switching this blog over to cover Gustav, should it threaten us on the Louisiana Gulf Coast. If it hits to the EAST of Houma, I'll be trying to update as regularly as I can because I won't be evacuating. Should it hit WEST of Houma to Intercoastal City, LA, I will be going to OH and updating as I get information.