Get Prepared

Through the Red Stick Ready Campaign, the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) encourages citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish and the surrounding areas to take the necessary steps in order to stay prepared for both natural and man-made disasters. Disaster preparedness refers to the preventative measures takes to reduce the severity of a disaster's effects. 


  • Do you have a plan?
  • Is your plan inclusive?
  • Are the key players identified in your plan aware of their role(s)?
  • Are your pets included in your plan? 
  • Are your emergency contacts updated? 
  • Do you have a disaster supply kit?
  • Is your disaster supply kit designed for "all hazards"?
  • What items are in your disaster supply kit?
  • How do you receive emergency notifications? 
  • Are you aware of the hazards you should prepare for in your area? 
  • Do you check on your neighbor(s) prior to, during, or after a disaster and / or emergency?
  • Are you aware of your community surroundings?
  • Are you involved in preparedness for your community?
Check out the Red Stick Ready Family Emergency Planning Guide to help you get started on creating an emergency plan, disaster supply kit, how to be informed, and use the Buddy System.