Louisiana National Guard prepares for possible Hurricane Nate evacuations
CARVILLE - The Louisiana National Guard issued hundreds of emergency transportation operations all over the southern region as a safety precaution for Hurricane Nate.
In the Iberville Parish town of Carville, Operation Bus Task Force was put in place. About 38 school buses were lined up at the National Guard installation as residents anticipate the storm.
Colonel Lonnie Louce said she just wants everyone to be ready for any possible danger.
"We don't know exactly what the hurricane's going to do, so we want to make sure we are prepared," she said. "We'll start with nursing homes and anyone medically fragile and move them to safe locations."
Louce said each bus can transport nearly 50 people — each bus coming from a local school district and inspected by DOTD.
In New Orleans, the National Guard executed the exact same evacuation strategy with almost 60 buses parked and ready to go.
Evacuees will be transported to a safe haven with all their belongings in tow, as well as any furry companions.
"To some people, their pets are so important and if there's room, if we still have space, we'll also take pets as well," Louce said.
Whether the storm goes east, west or stays on course, the Louisiana National Guard says they're ready to go if necessary.