Announcements, provided by local and state agencies and entities:
From the Louisiana Veterans Affairs:
Roadways are clear, weather conditions have improved and physical assessments of facilities have been conducted. The Alexandria VA as well as the Fort Polk, Jennings, Lafayette and Natchitoches Community Based Outpatient Clinics will be open for normal business operations on Friday, Aug. 31.
The Lake Charles VA Interim Clinic will reopen for normal business operations on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Patient appointments for Aug. 31 have been canceled and patients will be contacted to schedule an appointment convenient for them.
For further information, please call Tammie Arnold, Public Affairs Officer, at the Alexandria VA Medical Center at 318-623-1986.
From Cameron OEP:
The Cameron Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is advising all residents of Cameron Parish to:
-- Monitor the ongoing weather.
-- Monitor local broadcasts and social media, and NOAA weather radios.
-- Secure loose items outside your homes so they do not fly around.
-- Do not travel on the roadways if not necessary.
-- If you live in a camper or trailer and do not feel safe, you should relocate to a sturdy structure.
The Cameron OEP is at full activation. For more information, call 337-775-7048.
From SWLA Center for Health Service:
SWLA Center for Health Service will resume their normal business hours on Thursday.
From Calcasieu Parish Police Jury:
The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury departments and buildings will remain open to the public offering limited services on Thursday.
From Chennault, LANG search, rescue staging:
Chennault International Airport is hosting Blackhawk helicopters that have been repositioned here for Isaac.
The Louisiana National Guard moved the first two helicopters in place this afternoon at the Chennault complex, near Million Air.
"The Blackhawks will be used for search-and-rescue missions as needed," said Randy Robb, Chennault's executive director. "We'll have about 14 more here by 6 p.m. this evening."
The Blackhawks were brought in from Texas as part of the Louisiana National Guard's storm-related efforts throughout south Louisiana.
Robb said he expected other post-storm assets may also arrive from the U.S. Coast Guard and other sources, and that Chennault stands ready to handle them.
Chennault is already hosting nearly 50 buses that were pre-parked before Isaac's arrival.
From the City of Lake Charles, garbage pickup:
Residents are asked to place their garbage cans and trash out Thursday morning for Thursday pickup.
Also, garbage pickup and transit service may be delayed on Thursday due to weather conditions.
From the City of Lake Charles, sandbags:
Sand and sandbags available at Lake Charles Civic Center:
In response to weather conditions due to Isaac, the City of Lake Charles and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury have placed sand and sandbags at the south end of the Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive.
Sand and sand bags are available at that location for citizens who wish to fill the bags and utilize for their private property.
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, sandbags:
Sand and sandbags are available to residents of Calcasieu Parish, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, only at the threat of severe weather warnings.
The public must furnish their own shovel.
Sand and bags are at the following locations:
Ward 1 Barn, 461 Parish Road, Moss Bluff
Ward 2 Barn, 7085 Hwy 14 East, Hayes
Ward 3 Old Barn, 2320 Smith Road, Lake Charles
Ward 3 PW Facility, 5500 B Swift Plant Road, Lake Charles
Ward 4 PW Facility, 2915 Post Oak Road, Sulphur
Ward 5 Barn, 129 3rd Street, Starks
Ward 6 Barn, 1275 Plum Street, DeQuincy
Ward 7 Fire Station, 2205 Hwy 388, Vinton (Edgerly)
Ward 8 Barn, 1726 Parish Barn Road, Iowa
From West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, storm preparations:
West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital continues to remain fully operational, despite the anticipated threat of heavy rain, high winds and potential flooding later this evening and early tomorrow morning.
The hospital's administrative team is closely monitoring the situation and will make adjustments to its emergency preparedness plan if or when the threat of severe weather approaches. In the event of a power outage, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will have access to power and water, allowing the hospital to run air conditioning units and medical instruments with full power, while sustaining normal hospital operations.
The hospital's administrative team has decided to close both locations of Dynamic Dimensions Fitness Centers early due to the potential of severe weather. Both locations will close at 6 p.m. this evening.
West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital strongly advises community members to stay tuned to local news media outlets for the most up-to-date weather information.
From CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, storm preparations:
CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital is in a state of readiness in advance of Isaac. All facilities, staffing, supplies and medications have been prepared for delays or shortages.
The hospital grounds have been evaluated and cleared of debris and items that could become dangerous during high winds or severe weather. Food, supplies and medications have been ordered or alternate locations for shipping have been identified to stock up for the possibility that shipping or supplies will be limited due to severe weather. Although there is no immediate threat, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital administrators will continue to monitor the situation.
"In the coming hours and days, we are prepared to respond as appropriate to this or any other severe weather threat. As of the latest information available, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital will continue operations as normal," said CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Administrator Don Lloyd. "Our patients, physicians and associates are our number one priority and we will always make preparations to ensure a safe environment for all. "
CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital's emergency staffing structure has not been instituted and there are no plans at this time for hurricane staffing to go into effect, but associates are ready at a moment's notice should the situation change.
JEFF DAVIS PARISH
Town of Welsh, sandbags:
The Town of Welsh has sandbags available for its residents only. They can be picked up at 700 East South Street at the town's public works department where the water tower is located. All other residents can go to the Jeff Davis Parish Barn at 108 Palmer Street in Welsh.
City of Leesville:
Leesville Mayor Robert Rose and the Leesville City Council declared Leesville in a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon. Preparations have been made to ensure water service will remain operational in the event of power failure, according to city officials.
From the Vernon Parish Police Jury:
Due to the potential impact of Isaac on the area, and as a precautionary measure, the parish declared a state of emergency at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday which allows the parish to ready for the storm.
Since Monday, the parish has been preparing for Isaac's impact on the area. Parish crews have been working throughout the parish and staging equipment to mobilize in the event that they are needed. The Vernon Parish Fire District has also been preparing and staging their equipment
The Parish Maintenance Department has provided 2,317 filled sandbags and 75 empty sandbags to parish residents. The parish has also provided the City of Leesville with 4,000 bags, and the Town of New Llano with 1,000 bags and four loads of sand.
For more information on the sandbags, call 239-9933.
To report any downed trees or other road obstructions, call the Parish Maintenance Department at 239-9933 or the Sheriff's Department at 238-1311.
Currently, the closest emergency shelter to Leesville is the LSUA Center State Emergency Shelter located at 8125 Highway 71 South, Alexandria. The shelter is currently open and will take drive ups. Cots, blankets and three meals a day are provided. You may bring your medicine, toiletries and additional blankets. This is also a special medical needs shelter and has nurses on staff.
From Progressive Waste/IESI:
Progressive Waste/IESI will not run any residential garbage collection routes on Thursday in Vernon or Beauregard parishes due to the impending weather. Collections will resume on Friday with Thursday collections being done on Friday, and Friday collections being done on Saturday.
All Lafayette Public Library locations will reopen on Thursday for regular hours. All Library employees should report to work for their scheduled Thursday shifts.
American Red Cross, regarding no agency shelters in SWLA:
Currently, there are no AMERICAN RED CROSS shelters open in SWLA. Officials are referring people to the following web address to find where RED CROSS shelters are open throughout Louisiana: http://www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter
Also, according to the Red Cross, using the free Red Cross Hurricane App in your smartphone app store, officials will tell you where the closest RED CROSS shelter is to you. Go to your smartphones app store and search for "American Red Cross Hurricane."
From the Louisiana Attorney General's Office:
Notice to Registered Sex Offenders Evacuating Due to Storms
Attention Louisiana registered sex offenders and registered child predators: Under Louisiana law, you are required to notify law enforcement of any changes in residence, including any temporary situation that may cause an absence from your usual place of residence for more than seven days.
If you are traveling to another state, you should check-in with the law enforcement agency in that location to determine the reporting requirements in that state. If you decide you need to evacuate to a shelter, contact your local parish sheriff or Office of Emergency Preparedness and inform them that you are a registered sex offender/child predator who is seeking shelter as a result of Hurricane Isaac. They will advise you of the shelter to which you must report.
The easiest and quickest way to comply with these reporting requirements is to log onto the Internet-based law enforcement notification service provided by the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association at www.offenderwatchexpress.com. If you are unable to access the Internet for any reason, you are required to directly notify the appropriate law enforcement agencies of the change in your geographic location.
From Louisiana State Fire Marshal, generator safety:
Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning warns against placing gas- or diesel-driven generators inside enclosed areas. The day after Hurricane Gustav tore through Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Deputy Eric Joseph Bellard and his father, Danis, died from carbon monoxide asphyxiation from the fumes of a generator inside Deputy Bellard's workshop.
"These tragic deaths," says Browning, "emphasize the fact that no one should take gasoline-operated generators for granted. Each generator puts out about the same carbon monoxide as six (6) idling automobile engines, and since you cannot smell C-O gas, it is a silent killer."
Browning says all generators should be at least 20 feet outside a house in a well-ventilated area, such as a patio or backyard. He says, "Do NOT put generators inside carports, garages, utility rooms, workshops, any place that is enclosed. The only place a generator can be safely operated is OUTSIDE in the open with electrical connections waterproofed."
Browning says generator owners should be keenly aware of any openings where fumes from a generator can enter a home. Since residents may be weeks without power, he says, most houses will have windows open for ventilation. "Make sure your generator is down-wind of open windows, including those of your neighbors," says Browning.
The State Fire Marshal also reiterates that qualified electricians should install direct connections from a generator into the wiring of a house. Improper connection could result in fire or electrocution of either the resident or repair crews working on power lines near the house.
For more information, check the Fire Marshal's website www.lasfm.org or call 225-295-4911.
From the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, alligator season delayed:
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is postponing the opening of the EAST ZONE 2012 Wild Alligator Harvest Season due to the impending landfall of Tropical Storm Isaac. The Aug. 29 opening in the East Zone has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1.
At this time, the West Zone alligator season is still scheduled to open on Sept. 5., pending assessment of storm impacts and the progression of alligator harvest in the East Zone. For a zone map and complete list of parishes within the East and West zones go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/alligator-hunting .
All alligator hunters are urged to verify that their selected buyer will be open to buy harvested alligators, prior to beginning any harvest effort.
For more information on alligator season, contact Noel Kinler at 337-373-0032 or email@example.com.
LDWF closes wildlife management areas in advance of Isaac
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed 26 state wildlife management areas (WMAs) within the parishes of the anticipated landfall path of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Those WMAs include the Acadiana Conservation Corridor, Atchafalaya Delta, Attakapas, Biloxi, Elm Hall, Grassy Lake, Hutchinson Creek, Joyce, Lake Boeuf, Lake Ramsey, Manchac, Marsh Island, Maurepas Swamp, Pass a Loutre, Pearl River, Pointe au Chenes, Pomme de Terre, Salvador-Timken, Sandy Hollow, Sherburne, Spring Bayou, State WMA, Tangipahoa, Thistlethwaite, Tunica Hills and White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.
All WMAs designated as closed will remain closed until further notice. For a complete list of WMAs and locations, go to www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma .