State of Louisiana
Office of the Governor
GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2012
Press Office: Kyle Plotkin
Contact: 225-342-8006, (c) 225- 328-3755

Gov. Jindal Urges Louisianians to Get Prepared for Tropical Storm Isaac, Encourages Voluntary Evacuations in Hurricane Watch Areas

BATON ROUGE - Following a meeting of the Unified Command Group at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Governor Bobby Jindal urged Louisianians to get prepared for Tropical Storm Isaac and encouraged voluntary evacuations for people in parishes in the hurricane watch zone that are in low lying areas, areas South of the Intracoastal Waterway and areas outside of levee protection.

Governor Jindal said, "Tropical Storm Isaac continues to track westward and a hurricane watch is in effect for 15 Louisiana parishes. This includes the New Orleans metro area and the parishes adjacent to Lake Pontchartrain. The National Weather Service expects the storm to become a hurricane in the next 12 hours and the current forecast shows it will become a Category 2 at landfall.

"We are encouraging everyone to get prepared now to ensure that you have an evacuation plan in place, plenty of water, non-perishable food items, hygiene supplies, sufficient clothing, and any prescription medications you or your family may need in the event of the storm. We are urging Louisianians to stay alert and monitor local weather conditions in their area. As with every storm, we always hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

"State and local officials are taking a number of steps to protect our people and property from the storm. In addition to issuing a State of Emergency for the storm, we are in touch with parish leaders and we are recommending voluntary evacuations within the hurricane watch area. Specifically, this is for people in low lying areas, areas outside of levee protection, and areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway."

Parishes in the Hurricane Watch area include:

PARISH STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION

AGENCY UPDATES

COASTAL

Reports from Parishes

South Lafourche Levee District

Jefferson Parish

Plaquemines Parish

Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District (TLCD)

NATIONAL GUARD

DOTD

SHELTERING/CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES/DHH

WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES

DNR

CORRECTIONS

JUVENILE JUSTICE

DEQ

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