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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.

GOHSEP Monitoring Heavy Rainfall Across Much of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA (July 18, 2014) The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is monitoring heavy rainfall impacting much of the Louisiana. National Weather Service forecasts indicate the threat of flooding could extend into the weekend.

Multi-State Hurricane Evacuation and Icy Roadway Planning Meeting
Baton Rouge, LA (July 16, 2014) The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is joining local emergency managers and officials from Mississippi and Alabama for a hurricane evacuation planning and icy roadway planning meeting.

The Time to Prepare for Hurricanes is Now
Baton Rouge, LA (June 2, 2014) In its 2014 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has forecasted a near normal or below-normal season this year. For the duration of the six month hurricane season, beginning June 1, NOAA has predicted 8 to 13 named storms of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher) including 1 to 2 major hurricanes.

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