Emergency Preparedness

May 03, 2016
Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals have developed a plan to protect the public should an outbreak of Zika virus occur in the state. The multi-part plan is designed to reduce mosquito populations and mobilize against transmission of Zika virus if an outbreak does occur.
April 06, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that two Louisiana residents who recently traveled to the Caribbean and South America were found to have had the Zika virus. Both individuals no longer have symptoms, and the Zika virus was confirmed after the individuals had recovered and no longer had the virus in their bloodstream.
March 26, 2016
The Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office of Public Health provides residents of flood-affected areas some basic guidelines for safe mold cleanup and removal.
March 26, 2016
Tests ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and performed by a certified lab have confirmed that the water in Donaldsonville is safe to drink. As such, the do not drink the water advisory has been lifted.
March 22, 2016
This evening, Louisiana State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry, MD, notified the Peoples Water System of Donaldsonville, LA that it must immediately change how it treats it drinking water after a routine inspection discovered possible elevated levels of chlorine dioxide in the treatment system. The directive is to make the change from using chlorine dioxide immediately this evening, March 22, 2016.
March 17, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is advising Louisiana residents displaced by the current floods of the importance of vaccinating themselves and their children against preventable diseases.
March 15, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals offers advice to Louisiana residents with private drinking water wells and to restaurants that are in areas affected by last week’s storm system that caused flooding throughout the state. Also, a fourth death that is attributed to the storm has been confirmed by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner.
March 10, 2016
Louisiana is currently experiencing floods due to severe weather in many regions throughout the state. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) advises all Louisiana residents to be aware of the dangers flood waters pose and to take all appropriate precautions.
March 10, 2016
After a disaster, people with disabilities and the elderly need special assistance during their stay in emergency shelters. These documents provide guidance for care during emergency situations.