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Jan 27, 2014
BATON ROUGE – Governor Bobby Jindal held a Unified Command Group meeting today at the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security to get an update on the state’s preparations for the oncoming winter storm. Governor Jindal declared a State of Emergency due to the winter weather and he urged Louisianians to get a game plan for their families.
Governor Jindal said, “The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning starting at 6 AM tomorrow morning for Southwest Louisiana, South Central Louisiana, and Central Louisiana through 6 AM Wednesday morning. We will start to see freezing temperatures tomorrow morning and then snowfall until Tuesday night. Now is the time to get a game plan for you and your family. As always, we hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
“While the snowfall will only last until Tuesday night, the impacts of this storm will happen until at least Thursday morning because of freezing temperatures in the forecast. We have a plan that will help commuters and businesses that will be on the road, but given the freezing temperatures and the impact on the roads, we do expect a number of road closures across South Louisiana.
“We expect road closures starting tomorrow, and that’s why it’s important people start preparing now for the storm. We are working to keep open major corridors across the state, but only for those who absolutely must travel. Unless it’s an emergency, we are asking everyone to stay off the roads as we work to preserve safe passages for emergency personnel and others who are working to keep people safe.”
NOTE: This is expected to be a dynamic weather event and as weather conditions deteriorate or change that the following information could be adjusted.
Based on current weather forecast, DOTD will use resources in order to keep the following roads open:
COPY OF EXECUTIVE PROCLAMATION
PROCLAMATION NO. 11 BJ 2014
STATE OF EMERGENCY – JANUARY 27, 2014 WINTER WEATHER
WHEREAS, the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., confers upon the Governor of the State of Louisiana emergency powers to deal with emergencies and disasters, including those caused by fire, flood, earthquake, or other natural or manmade causes, in order to ensure that preparations of this state will be adequate to deal with such emergencies or disasters and to preserve the lives and property of the people of the State of Louisiana;
WHEREAS, when the Governor determines that a disaster or emergency has occurred, or the threat thereof is imminent, R.S. 29:724(B)(1) empowers the Governor to declare a state of emergency by executive order or proclamation, or both;
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service predicts another very strong cold front and wintry mix, bringing a band of snow, sleet, and freezing rain which will impact the southern states through the early part of this week, potentially resulting in over two inches of snow and hazardous winter weather conditions throughout the State;
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch, winter weather advisories, freeze warnings and hard freeze warnings for parishes across the State for up to the next forty-eight hours making driving conditions hazardous;
WHEREAS, currently schools have been closed in numerous parishes across the state due to the hazards posed by this extreme winter weather, and these winter weather conditions threaten the lives and property of the citizens of the State of Louisiana;
NOW THEREFORE I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the
authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: Pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., a state of emergency is declared to exist in the State of Louisiana as a result of the extreme cold weather conditions that threaten the lives and property of the citizens of the State.
SECTION 2: The Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is hereby authorized to undertake any activity authorized by law which he deems necessary and appropriate in response to this declaration.
SECTION 3: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate in actions the State may take in response to the effects of this severe cold weather.
SECTION 4: This state of emergency extends from Monday, January 27, 2014 to Tuesday, February 25, 2014, unless terminated sooner.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 27th day of January, 2014.
/s/ Bobby Jindal
GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA
/s/ Tom Schedler_
SECRETARY OF STATE