MARKSVILLE, La. - Residents of Avoyelles Parish are stocking up for the storm.
Becky Descant: "This is not my favorite way to spend the day, but I'm preparing for the storm."
Grace Creppel: "We're at Walmart trying to get supplies and things that we need."
Anna Katherine Aluise: "Foods that wouldn't go bad in the cabinet, some stuff to put in the ice chest."
Henrietta Gilbert: "Much needed food supplies and batteries and life preparedness."
Avoyelles parish is on alert for Isaac, and if the storm does indeed hit Louisiana, this parish could be the first in Cenla to feel the effects. And residents who have been through weather like this before say they're not taking any chances.
Descant: "We've been through many, and I usually have a house full of evacuees who come."
Gilbert: "You have to be prepared at all times when you have a family. I have grand kids, I have a mom. I have to stay ready all the time."
But the residents aren't the only ones taking action. Officials at the sheriff's department say they've been working around the clock.
Avoyelles Sheriff Doug Anderson: "All leave has been canceled for employees, and everyone is on the 24 hour call out."
The sheriff says soon a command post will be here, at the 9-1-1 call center, to respond to any storm-related emergencies as quickly as possible.
Sheriff Anderson: "We are prepared, and we will continue to provide excellent public service to our constituents here in the parish."
But the sheriff says he expects the people of the parish will also take care of each other.
Sheriff Anderson: "We all work well together here in Avoyelles, as everywhere, but it's good to have your neighbors and family members to check on one another."
Residents say they're preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best.
Creppel: "I just want to get the family up and out of some serious things that could happen."
Gilbert: "Just a little anxious, but not really scared. Because we don't know where and when."
Descant: "It can get pretty frightening, but we'll be okay."
So far, no storm shelters have been opened in Avoyelles Parish.
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