Gov. Edwards, FEMA Administrator Join Forces to Promote Preparedness, COVID Vaccinations

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell released three Public Service Announcements today aimed at helping people with their emergency preparedness efforts, including getting vaccinated against COVID-19, hurricane preparedness and the importance of flood insurance.

“This year, being prepared for hurricane season doesn’t just mean buying bottled water and extra batteries – it means taking your COVID-19 shot so you’ll be protected against the coronavirus,” Gov. Edwards said. “We are lucky to have three safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 that are readily available across Louisiana today. Already more than 1.7 million Louisianans have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are one step closer to a more normal life.”

“Gov. Edwards and I share the philosophy, that getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the start of any disaster preparedness plan,” said Administrator Criswell. “Being more resilient in our communities and states always starts with each individual person. Take the time today and have a conversation with your family to start your preparedness efforts if you haven’t already.”

The two filmed the PSAs following the National Hurricane Conference that was held in New Orleans earlier this month.

The PSAs can be viewed online:

•           “The Importance of Flood Insurance”

•           “Hurricane Preparedness”

•          “COVID-19 Vaccines”