“We’ve teamed up with the local police department and paramedics. They have a search and rescue team. We loan out 10 units to them every time [there’s a major storm],” he said, so they can patrol for looters or injured people.
“We let them use some rangers or ATVs to patrol. When the lights are out, you can’t see nothing in front of you,” he said, adding that the town would likely be without power for four days after the storm.
New Orleans Power Sports in Kenner was closed Monday and staff was hoping to be open Tuesday, but that decision was in Isaac’s hands.
“That depends on if this thing takes a shift. This is an every year affair for people around here. You wait and see what it’s going to do, if it’s going to turn into a hurricane or stay a tropical storm, and then you close if it hits,” said parts manager Paul, who was too rushed to give a last name. “This may not even become a hurricane.”
The store was not sandbagging or boarding Monday, but that was a possibility if the situation worsened.
“When you have a store that’s got as much glass as there is here, that’s a major operation,” he said. “We at this point are not. But a lot of people here in this area have plywood numbered so they can put it right up.”