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Low-Interest Federal Disaster Loans Available in Northeast Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA (November 19, 2014) The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Governor Bobby Jindal’s request for federal disaster assistance following last month’s severe weather and tornadoes in Ouachita Parish. That means low-interest disaster loans are available to homeowners and business owners whose property was damaged or destroyed in the October 13th storms. The SBA made the decision to declare a disaster in response to a request received from Governor Jindal on November 14th.

Hard Freeze Expected Across Much of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA (November 17, 2014) The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is asking residents to prepare themselves for another round of severe winter weather. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a hard freeze warning or freeze warning for much of Louisiana. The freeze is expected to last several hours beginning later this evening into tomorrow morning.

Widespread Freezing Temperatures Expected Across Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA (November 13, 2014) The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is asking residents to prepare themselves for the first dangerous winter weather of the season. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts freezing temperatures for most of the state during the next two nights. The freeze is expected to last several hours each night.

State offers filing extensions to businesses affected by severe weather
Baton Rouge, LA (October 15, 2014) Filing extensions are available on a case-by-case basis to Ouachita Parish businesses affected by severe weather on October 13, 2014, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) announced Wednesday.

AG BUDDY CALDWELL Warns Northeast Louisiana residents to watch out for post-storm scams
Monroe, LA (October 15, 2014) In the wake of the severe storm system that ripped through the state this week causing widespread power outages and severe damage to homes and businesses in Northeast Louisiana, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is warning citizens to be on the lookout for scams that typically follow natural disasters.

Governor Jindal Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Weather
Baton Rouge, LA (October 13, 2014) Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency due to severe weather and tornado damage in portions of Louisiana. A very strong storm system continues to move across the state, with the National Weather Service (NWS) issuing a series of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Severe Weather Statements, Tornado Watches and Tornado Warnings.

Louisiana 1 of 25 States Chosen to Receive School Safety Grant
Baton Rouge, LA (October 13, 2014) Louisiana is 1 of 25 states chosen to receive funding under the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) Grants to States for School Emergency Management program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.

Hazardous Transport Exercise Planned for I-20 Corridor
Baton Rouge, LA (October 6, 2014) The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) will join local and federal emergency responders for a Waste Isolation Pilot Program Training and Exercise (WIPPTREX.) The WIPPTREX is scheduled for October 9, 2014, in Ruston at the Louisiana Tech University Argent Pavilion.

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