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Governor Jindal Declares State of Emergency Due to Strong Storms

By SuperUser Account on April 27, 2015 General
BATON ROUGE (April 27, 2015) – Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency due to severe weather across South Louisiana. A very strong storm system quickly moved across the state this morning. The National Weather Service (NWS) issuing a series of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Severe Weather Statements, Tornado Watches and Tornado Warnings as part of this event. More dangerous storms are possible tonight and tomorrow. Thousands of people were left without power as a result of the storms. Power lines and trees are down in multiple locations. Flash flooding and storm-related debris blocked many roadways. A declaration of emergency is necessary to allow state agencies to respond to requests for assistance from local governments. “More severe weather could be on the way starting tonight,” said GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. “We urge everyone to take action now and get a game plan before the storms arrive. Watch for notices from your local emergency managers and first responders. Because conditions can change rapidly during this type of event, monitor the ALERT FM App and local media for warnings or advisories.” Meteorologists with the NWS say storms could develop after midnight into tomorrow morning. Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out. The flooding risk will continue as more rain will quickly runoff contributing to the current flooding. You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the 7667 Independence Boulevard • Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806 • (225) 925-7500 • Fax (225) 925-7501 KEVIN DAVIS DIRECTOR BOBBY JIND AL GOVERNOR INTERNAL MEMORANDUM Delegation of Authority June 30, 2011 Page 2 new ALERT FM App. It is free for basic service. You can also download the new Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other important information at www.getagameplan.org. The Get a Game Plan App is also available for download to your smart phones or tablets.