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Governor Jindal Declares State of Emergency for Tropical Depression Three

BATON ROUGE (July 22, 2010) - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency for the State of Louisiana in preparation for Tropical Depression Three, which if upgraded, would become Tropical Storm Bonnie.


EXECUTIVE PROCLAMATION ON STATE OF EMERGENCY- TROPICAL DEPRESSION THREE

WHEREAS,
the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., confers upon the Governor of the State of Louisiana emergency powers to deal with emergencies and disasters, including those caused by fire, flood, earthquake or other natural or man-made causes, in order to ensure that preparations of this state will be adequate to deal with such emergencies or disasters and to preserve the lives and property of the people of the state of Louisiana;

WHEREAS,
when the Governor determines that a disaster or emergency has occurred, or the threat thereof is imminent, R.S. 29:724(B)(1) empowers him to declare a state of emergency by executive order or proclamation, or both;

WHEREAS,
a statewide declaration of emergency, Proclamation No. 20 BJ 2010, was issued on April 29, 2010, and extended by subsequent proclamations 37 BJ 2010 on May 29, 2010 and 43 BJ 2010 on June 28, 2010, in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; and on April 29, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon event was designated a Spill of National Significance (SONS) by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security;

WHEREAS,
Tropical Depression Three, which if upgraded will become Tropical Storm Bonnie, is projected to enter the area of response activities surrounding the Deepwater Horizon site located approximately forty-eight (48) miles off the southeastern coastline of Louisiana, and this response involves hundreds of maritime vessels and thousands of United States Coast Guard personnel, British Petroleum personnel and their contractors on-land and off-shore;

WHEREAS,
Tropical Depression Three is expected to impact the coastal parishes of Louisiana with possible hurricane strength winds, wave surges, high tides, torrential rain and tornado activity. The storm is expected to make impact with the Louisiana coast during the night of Friday, July 23rd or morning of Saturday, July 24th, 2010, with the expectation that tropical or hurricane force winds will reach the Louisiana coast prior to landfall;

WHEREAS,
the forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that the coastal parishes of Louisiana will be subjected to tropical force or hurricane conditions to such a degree that life and property will be placed in jeopardy;

WHEREAS,
the coastal parishes of Louisiana are currently under parish declarations of Emergency for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and will continue to operate under those declarations for the approaching Tropical Depression Three;

WHEREAS,
a separate declaration of emergency is necessary to provide the authority for state government to assist local governments as requested, to allow state agencies to thoroughly prepare for any eventuality and to allow federal agencies and federal resources to be deployed if necessary; and

WHEREAS,
a declaration that a state of emergency exists on July 22, 2010, due to the predicted impact of Tropical Depression Three along the Louisiana coast which threatens the safety and security of those citizens, is appropriate given the threatened tropical storm and hurricane conditions and complicating factors created by the oil spill;

NOW THEREFORE I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

  • SECTION 1: Pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., a separate state of emergency is declared to exist in the State of Louisiana as a result of forecasted tropical storm or hurricane activity which, in addition to the Deepwater Horizon Spill of National Significance, has created emergency conditions that threaten the lives and property of the citizens of the State.
  • SECTION 2: The Director of the Governorís Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is hereby authorized to undertake any activity authorized by law which he deems necessary and appropriate in response to this declaration;
  • SECTION 3: The state of emergency extends from July 22, 2010 through August 21, 2010, unless terminated sooner.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 22nd day of July, 2010.


/S/Bobby Jindal
GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA

ATTEST BY THE GOVERNOR


/S/Jay Dardenne
SECRETARY OF STATE

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