Businesses buckle down for hurricane season
GONZALES - Creature comforts like the buttery sizzle of charbroiled oysters or even just a warm bed can disappear in an instant when there's a hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast.
Wesley Robert knows better than most. He operates a few hotels and a Mike Anderson's in Gonzales.
"We have food, we have shelter, we have most of the necessities that people need, so people come out the woodworks," said Robert. "It's impressive, but it's scary, because we have a lot of things that we have to protect. It's not really us that we're worried about, it's everybody else we're concerned for."
Robert says his businesses were well-prepared for Hurricane Isaac in 2012, but with the possibility of having to house staging areas, he can't afford complacency.
So when National Weather Service meteorologist Ken Graham came to town Monday to dispel some hurricane season myths, Robert was all ears.
Graham emphasized that even storms like Isaac, which were "just a Category 1," can cause extensive damage. Graham says Isaac was unique because it was large and moved slowly after making landfall.
"How high is the storm surge it's going to have, how long is the wind going to last, what are the biggest threats? That's what we're doing here, it's all about saving lives, so it's all about, what is the biggest threat? Is it the wind, storm surge, or tornado, and it could be all of the above," he said.
Graham recommends exploring all of the resources the NWS has to offer at their website.