With more than three decades of real estate development experience, Malibu resident Kenneth D. Heller is co-founder of Heller/Stone Properties. When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2004, Kenneth D. Heller of Malibu facilitated the housing needs of first responders in New Orleans.
Katrina’s first responders played a major role in providing first aid and keeping many citizens safe. Always striving for improvement, emergency personnel in North Carolina compiled the following short list of lessons they learned from the Louisiana emergency, in hopes that items on the list can help save lives in the future.
1. Use social media. Push out information as it becomes available via social media. Be proactive and accurate in details.
2. Stock up. Resources such as evacuation vehicles and satellite equipment used for communications should be readily accessible.
3. Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for the support and resources from other agencies. Disasters demand extensive assistance.