Tropical Storm Barry

Today in Security: Tropical Storm Barry Approaches Gulf Coast

Reports of Tropical Storm Barry, the second named storm of the 2019 hurricane season, indicate it's headed towards the Gulf Coast. According to CNN​, Barry could make landfall by Saturday, and, by the time it reaches Louisiana, it may intensify to become a hurricane.

According to AccuWeather, Barry could become a Category 1 hurricane prior to landfall, dependent upon how much time the storm lingers over the warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Louisiana has already declared a state of emergency, with mandatory evacuations ordered for some communities. New Orleans' mayor advised the city's residents to shelter in place. New Orleans is currently experiencing record high levels of flooding from the Mississippi River, which could be further exacerbated by the tropical storm.

AccuWeather warned that currently the greatest concern from the storm is flooding rainfall, which is expected to occur over large parts of eastern Louisiana, southern and central Mississippi, and southeastern Arkansas. 

In Security Management's June issue, "Lessons Healthcare Security Professionals Learned from Hurricane Harvey" featured how the 2017 storm pushed Houston, Texas, professionals to take another look at current standards. 

The larger concern of flooding presented by Barry was also seen with Harvey, especially given the number of days Harvey lingered over the Houston area. Authors Alhadji Sarr, CPP, and Keith McGlen, CPP, wrote that adequate preparations prior to a significant weather event are crucial to protecting persons and assets. Additional storm-response methods for healthcare security professionals are highlighted throughout the article. 

For security professionals in other industries, Andres Paz Larach, senior vice president with Pinkerton, also shared tips gleaned from organizations that survived intense storms.