NATCHITOCHES, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The City of Natchitoches is urging residents to get the supplies they need in preparation for Hurricane Ida.

City officials are advising families to make sure they have enough items if they are required to shelter in place. They want to remind people to avoid stockpiling supplies so there will be enough for everyone.

Sand bags will also be available from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 at the Natchitoches Public Works Department on 110 Mill St.

In case of power outage, call the Natchitoches Utility Department at (318) 357-3850 or (318) 357-3880.

Local officials also offered some other tips:

  • Be safe if you use a generator. Make sure it’s placed outside your home with adequate ventilation.
  • If you see a downed power line, do not approach it.
  • If you encounter a flooded street, remember the saying, “turn around, don’t drown.”