Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide State of Emergency Declaration ahead of any potential impact by Tropical Storm Gordon. Gov. Edwards and state officials began participating in calls with the National Weather Service this past weekend, and on Saturday, Gov. Edwards activated the Crisis Action Team at the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). 

“As we continue to monitor Tropical Storm Gordon’s path there is a strong possibility that Louisiana could be impacted by flooding, storm surges and strong winds, and we want to make certain that help is made available to them as quickly as possible,” said Gov. Edwards. “We are in constant communication with parish officials assessing their needs and readiness to address issues related to the storm, and we are prepared to provide them with additional assistance if needed. We are urging all citizens to continue paying close attention to their local officials and weather forecasts for updates over the next 24 hours.” 

Gov. Edwards has authorized the activation of 200 Louisiana National Guardsmen to be pre-positioned along with 63 high water vehicles, 39 boats, and 4 helicopters.  The assets will be pre-positioned primarily in Southeast Louisiana.

To view the full declaration, please click here.