In many ways, the Louisiana citizen preparedness campaign is like those of other states and localities — encouragement along with information. However,Â there is one aspectÂ of it I wanted to mention.Â When you land onÂ theÂ site, you are greeted with theÂ smiling face of the state’s new chief executive andÂ the wordsÂ ”Governor Bobby Jindal has one”. The “one” is anÂ emergency plan.Â
If preparedness is going to take hold among the public, it needs to have leadership and buy-inÂ from their top elected officials.Â Without it, individual citizens will take an implicit and explicit cue thatÂ preparednessÂ really isn’t all that important.Â In fact, I believe the lack of high profile attention to the issue by political leaders is a major reason for the anemic level of public readiness.
Ideally, the Get A Game Plan site wouldÂ go into much more detail aboutÂ what Jindal’s familyÂ plan exactly isÂ and how he did it — as well asÂ whateverÂ theÂ obstacles he found.Â Of course, a governor with a security detail is not going to have an evacuation plan that most citizens can model after. That said, we need more politicalÂ leaders taking on the issue of preparedness in a high profile andÂ personal way.
(The other lead spokesperson on the site is Louisiana State University football coach Les Miles, whoÂ may the most popular manÂ in the state in part because he didn’t ‘evacuate’ when Michigan offered him their head coaching job.)