Hurricane Barry, though quickly downgraded to a tropical storm after it made landfall, is the fourth hurricane in history to hit Louisiana in July according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The 2019 hurricane season is still predicted to be average despite Barry's early showing.
The storm did affect coastal parishes, including Plaquemines, St. Mary, and Terrebone, but it is widely thought that the damage could have been much worse. Agencies, partners, and residents throughout the state heeded preparedness warnings and were ready to respond as needed.
As the coordinating body of the
Louisiana Hurricane Response Hub (LA-HRH)
, the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) is working to identify and respond to gaps in disaster-related training resources, either by enhancing current trainings or creating new trainings to meet the identified needs. These trainings will then be made available to individuals and organizations involved in disaster preparedness and response.
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