Jindal urges residents to prepare for Bonnie - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Jindal urges residents to prepare for Bonnie

The following is a news release from the Office of the Governor of the State of Louisiana:

BELLE CHASSE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal traveled to the Plaquemines Parish Emergency Operations Center (EOC) where he met with Louisiana Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Hal Turner, Parish President Billy Nungesser and first responders for an assessment of state and local preparations for Tropical Depression Bonnie.

Governor Jindal said, "We came to Plaquemines Parish because this area will likely be one of the first to feel the impact of the tropical depression. There are three major items that we're focused on as this storm heads to Louisiana.

"First, we're urging everyone to get prepared now and to ensure they have a game plan. While it's only forecasted to be tropical depression at this point, we know from experience that it's best to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. That's why I encourage everyone to visit www.getagameplan.org right away so people are prepared should this storm strengthen. As we enter the height of hurricane season, it just makes sense for our people to be ready and prepared.

"Second, obviously we have concerns about the storm's impact on the oil in the Gulf – and we are taking the oil spill response measures into account as hurricane response plans are implemented. We're doing everything we can to minimize and mitigate the impact of the oil on our coastline. For instance, we continue to work with the federal government and BP to adjust their evacuation plans in the event of a storm.

"Third and finally, we're strongly encouraging people to please stay updated on local weather reports. As we know, storms can quickly strengthen and change directions so it's critical for our people to remain vigilant and be ready to implement their game plans."

EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS/EVACUATIONS

Yesterday, Governor Jindal issued an emergency declaration to help speed state assistance to parishes in need of supplemental response efforts. Many parishes have already declared a state of emergency, including: Assumption, St. John, Lafourche, Livingston, Terrebonne, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Terrebonne, Acadia, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Mary, Vermillion and East Baton Rouge.

Six parishes are planning to make a decision about declaring a state of emergency by today, including: Jefferson, Orleans, Washington, Evangeline, Iberia, and St. Martin.

Lafourche Parish is planning for voluntary evacuations for low lying areas only at this time and they will open a parish shelter if needed. Plaquemines Parish is planning to voluntary evacuation for low-lying areas and they will use the Belle Chasse Auditorium as a shelter and request Red Cross support, as needed. St. Charles Parish will likely call for a voluntary evacuation for low-lying areas as well as the West Bank area outside of the levee protection. The parish plans to stand up one shelter and request Red Cross assistance, as needed.

Acadia, Calcasieu, and Cameron, and St. Martin parishes are also planning to call for voluntary evacuations for low-lying areas and mobile homes. All parishes will announce the timeline for these voluntary evacuations based on their own response timelines and the development of weather conditions. Other parishes are continuing to monitor the storms development and stand up any needed shelter space within the parish as their evacuations may necessitate.

 

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