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EMERGENCY EVENT: January Winter Weather

Press Release:

  • Fireman Dies after being Struck by Vehicle in West Feliciana Parish
    Wakefield (January 17, 2017): Shortly after 9:00 am on January 17, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a fatal crash on US 61 north of LA 421 in West Feliciana Parish. The crash took the life of the Wakefield Fire Chief, 48 year old Russell Achord of St. Francisville.

  • Warning about Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems
    BATON ROUGE (January 17, 2017): State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning issues a warning to business owners to quickly inspect their automatic fire sprinkler systems in an abundance of caution, whereas, lack of heating or antifreeze loops not maintained per the state fire code can cause the water to freeze and burst.

  • Gov. Edwards Declares State of Emergency Due to Winter Weather
    BATON ROUGE (January 17, 2017): Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an Emergency Declaration due to the freezing precipitation and low temperatures throughout Louisiana. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP), Dept. of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and other state agencies have been activated in response to this emergency.

  • GOHSEP's Crisis Action Team Activated due to Winter Weather Conditions
    BATON ROUGE (January 16, 2017): More cold weather is on the way for Louisiana. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness activated its Crisis Action Team (CAT) due to the wintry weather conditions currently impacting the state. Team members will monitor the conditions, provide situational reports to state and local leaders and help answer any calls for support from our local partners. Much of the state is already dealing with sleet and snow on the roadways. The National Weather Service indicates many areas will also face extended periods of time below the freezing mark.

  • Another Round of Freezing Temperatures on the Forecast
    BATON ROUGE (January 11, 2017): More cold weather is on the way for Louisiana. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging everyone to be aware of freezing temperatures expected this weekend. Some portions of the state in extreme Northeast Louisiana could be impacted by ice and snow, making it dangerous to be on the roads in those areas. House fires have also been a problem this winter during long periods of freezing conditions.




For shelter information contact your Parish OHSEP.


State employees should be aware of the following phone numbers to call, which will be updated with information regarding office closures: 1.800.360.9660 or 225.342.0498.


  • For preparedness tips visit: www.GetAGameplan.org
  • Do not walk through flowing water, as drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet;
  • Do not drive your car through a flooded area, as it does not take much water to carry away a vehicle. Do not drive around road barriers, because you do not know if the road of a bridge has been washed out;
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires, as electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to your utility company.


    Click the hyperlinks below for important information
  • For lists of flood alerts across the state from the National Weather Service: click here
  • For contact information for local Office of Emergency Preparedness: click here
  • For regular updates through social media: facebook,   twitter
  • - Emergency Alerts Weather App now available for iPhone and iPad in the Apple iTunes Store!

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