Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.  According to the National Hurricane Center, the tropical storm is expected to make landfall in southeast Louisiana late Saturday evening.

Authorities are recommending that people in this area prepare for strong winds, heavy rains and flooding. Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard.

To prepare for the Tropical Storm Karen and  protect your business, prepare a “Ready Kit” that includes important documents and supplies necessary for business to continue after a small interruption or big disaster. Some suggested items include:

  • Business Continuity Plan/Emergency Plan
  • Emergency contact list of employees and key customers/clients
  • List of suppliers and vendors
  • Insurance policies and agent information
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Inventory list and pictures
  • Voice mail box number and remote password 
  • Back-up computer systems/data files
  • Pictures of business interior and exterior
  • Video or photos of company assets
  • List of current values of all inventory and assets
  • Camera to document damage
  • Legal documents
  • Current financials 
  • Last 3 years’ tax returns
  • Cash reserves
  • Bank records including checking, savings, credit and debit cards, loans and letters of credit

Store your “Ready Kit” in a fire-resistant and waterproof box in a safe offsite location.

Personal safety items should include:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio 
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit

If you have questions, please contact us at (866) 782-4159 or visit our website