Emergency Preparedness

May 17, 2011
BATON ROUGE (May 17, 2011) - Governor Jindal held a UCG meeting today with state and federal officials, followed by a press conference where he cautioned residents to stay in tune to their local leaders, even as they continue to prepare for the impact of floodwaters.
May 17, 2011
BATON ROUGE (May 17, 2011) - Free, confidential crisis counseling is available to Louisianians who are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression as a result of the Mississippi River flooding. A toll-free 24-hour number, 866-310-7977, will connect residents in need to services in their community to help them through this difficult time.
May 17, 2011
BATON ROUGE (May 17, 2011) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising residents living, working, or traversing in flood-impacted areas to remain on the lookout for venomous snakes. Snakes may move into residential and commercial areas as flood waters drive them from their habitat.
May 17, 2011
BATON ROUGE (May 17, 2011) - Louisiana taxpayers in areas of the state affected by the 2011 spring flood are eligible for extensions to file and pay state taxes, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) announced Monday.
May 16, 2011
Today, Governor Jindal held a Unified Command Group meeting with state and federal officials on the impacts of the rising Miss. River. Following the meeting, the Governor held a press conference to give an update on state efforts to combat river flooding, including the sinking of a barge in St. Mary Parish, which the Governor will visit today, aimed at preventing backwater flooding.
May 16, 2011
BATON ROUGE (May 16, 2011) - Photos from Governor Jindal's visit to flood response and protection efforts today include an aerial view of the open Morganza Floodway and of a sinkable barge project in St. Mary parish that will help prevent backwater flooding.
May 16, 2011
OPELOUSAS (May 16, 2011) - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is assisting St. Landry Parish officials, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services and the Louisiana State Animal Response Team in staging assets at the Yambilee Building in Opelousas to prepare an emergency shelter for flood evacuees and their household pets.
May 16, 2011
BATON ROUGE (May 16, 2011) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed the portion of Hunt Road on Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) from the Diversion Canal south, effective immediately, due to floodwater impacts.
May 14, 2011
Today Louisiana officials announced precautionary closures of two oyster harvesting areas that are receiving large amounts of freshwater intrusion from the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway and from the Mississippi River.
May 14, 2011
BATON ROUGE (May 14, 2011) - State agencies continue to respond to and prepare for flooding in Louisiana, particularly as the Corps of Engineers opens the Morganza Spillway on Saturday. Updates on agency activities are below.