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EMERGENCY EVENT: Tornado February 7, 2017

Press Release:

  • Open burning of household flood debris in Louisiana is harmful and illegal
    BATON ROUGE (February 17, 2017): The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality reminds residents affected by the recent flood that burning household debris is harmful to themselves, their families, and their neighbors and is also against the law.

  • President Trump Approves Disaster Declaration
    BATON ROUGE (February 11, 2017): Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that President Donald Trump has approved the federal disaster declaration for Orleans and Livingston Parishes following the tornadoes in South Louisiana.

  • La. Guard continues 24-hour security in New Orleans East
    BATON ROUGE (February 9, 2017): The Louisiana National Guard continues to provide 24-hour security operations in New Orleans East following the historic EF3 tornado, Feb. 7.

  • Mayor Landrieu Announces Critical Steps in Tornado Clean Up Effort
    NEW ORLEANS (February 9, 2017): Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that critical steps in the clean-up efforts have begun for tornado damage in New Orleans East. The City, Governor’s Office, FEMA and the Small Business Administration formed four teams to canvass the entire impacted area and conduct a preliminary damage assessment to determine the eligibility of a federal disaster declaration.

  • Updated Information on Tuesday’s Severe Weather
    BATON ROUGE (February 9, 2017): The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) has received updated information on the tornadoes and severe weather that impacted Louisiana Tuesday, February 7th. According to early damage assessments, more than 700 homes were damaged in five parishes. There have been 39 reported injuries and no fatalities from the storms.

  • SNAP Information
    BATON ROUGE (February 8, 2017): Residents who are eligible for SNAP benefits and were impacted by the February 7 tornadoes have access to federal disaster food assistance through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. Regular income and asset eligibility standards will apply.

  • La. Guard providing support for tornado response
    NEW ORLEANS (February 7, 2017): At the request of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Louisiana National Guard has mobilized 150 personnel to assist local, parish and state emergency officials after severe thunderstorms spawned several tornados in southeast Louisiana, Feb. 7.

  • Governor Edwards Declares State of Emergency in Louisiana
    BATON ROUGE (February 7, 2017): The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) Crisis Action Team (CAT) has been activated in order to address any requests for support from parishes and other state agencies due to today’s tornadic activity. Seven areas across southeast Louisiana sustained possible tornado damage during several rounds of storms lasting most of the day. Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency and FEMA preliminary damage assessment teams are scheduled to begin work tomorrow in impacted areas in order to help determine what levels of Federal assistance will be available.




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
  • ALERT FM - Emergency Alerts Weather App now available for iPhone and iPad in the Apple iTunes Store!

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