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Louisiana Monitoring Potential Tropical Disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico

BATON ROUGE (August 9, 2010) - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is closely monitoring a system of low pressure entering the Gulf of Mexico that could develop into a tropical system later this week.

The National Weather Service (NWS) says Southeast Louisiana is expected to get several inches of rain over the next few days as a result of severe weather. As part of the Governor's Unified Command Group meeting on the oil spill today, the NWS briefed Governor Jindal and state agency heads on the system Monday afternoon.

"Our agencies are on alert for severe weather impacting our state mid-week, though the chance of a tropical storm forming is only 30 percent. However, even if this system does not intensify, we still should expect to see severe weather across Southeast Louisiana over the next few days," said GOHSEP Director Mark Cooper. "Louisiana residents should monitor local weather conditions and heed any warning issued by local officials."

Cooper added, "We are entering into the most active part of the Atlantic hurricane season and we know the best way to protect our families from harm is to plan well before tropical weather strikes. Families should visit www.getagameplan.org to find out how they can protect themselves, their homes and their pets in the event that a hurricane strikes Louisiana this year."

Throughout any tropical storm or hurricane, public information will be released through GOHSEP and the state Joint Information Center. A list of hurricane supplies, evacuation information and other critical information can be found on the www.getagameplan.org website.

Preparedness kits include:

  • A three to five day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won't spoil
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • A first aid kit that includes prescription medications
  • Emergency tools including a battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries
  • An extra set of car keys and a credit card, cash or traveler's checks
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • And, important family documents in a waterproof container.



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