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From Katrina to Issac: Preparedness Required

Hurricane Issac brings an increased focus on emergency preparedness for both businesses and families alike. Do you have your emergency plan?

Seven years ago today I sat in my living room, house full of evacuees, waiting for  Hurricane Katrina to pass. Today, I sit in my office at Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. corporate headquarters, watching from afar as Hurricane Isaac dumps rain and wind upon the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Alabama.

As senior director of corporate communication, my job role remains constant. Manage communications, monitor conditions and make statements as needed.  So far, there is high water, rain, wind and as expected, a boat is needed to travel along Highway 90 in Biloxi. Thankfully, at this point, everyone is safe.

We have been in Creve Coeur for six years now after moving our corporate office inland. Hurricanes no longer force the closure of our corporate headquarters. But, wind, rain, and tornadoes continue to impact our business in all six states where we operate.

Emergency preparedness is stressed at all fifteen of our casino properties. Communication plans are up-to-date and we understand the importance of being ready to handle whatever weather conditions come our way.

Our valued employees stand ready to ensure that our guests are safe, and our facilities secure.  For that we say, thank you. You are appreciated.

This storm will pass, and life along the Gulf Coast will return to a more typical pattern. Another weather-related situation is sure to be around the corner at some point.

For us, the best defense is preparation. Our business continuity plans call for thorough strategies and procedures to safeguard our business. We encourage both business owners and individuals to take the time to examine your lives. Are you ready to handle a weather-related emergency in your life or business? Do you have a crisis plan for both your work and personal life?

There are numerous resources available to help you if you need assistance. These websites are a great place to start: www.allreadystl.org or www.redcrossstl.org

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