The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-average hurricane season for 2017. The first named storm of the year, Arlene, formed in April.

As we find ourselves in the 2017 hurricane season, it’s hard not to recall the devastation that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita brought to all of south Louisiana 12 years ago. Hurricanes Gustav and Ike followed just three years later. I want to again express my sorrow for the people of Acadiana who suffered losses and still feel the effects of these disasters today.  

So much has changed since these events. The Department of Natural Resources has created a fuels team, to better coordinate gasoline supplies prior to, during, and after an emergency. Yet there are still encumbrances by Federal laws and EPA rules. The Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Public Safety have developed emergency orders that allow industry to react quickly to these events and handle the federal obstacles. The State of Louisiana has greatly improved their disaster preparation and response capabilities. 

Unfortunately, it is that time of year again.  While it is predicted to be an above…