St. Tammany Parish declares state of emergency

(from St. Tammany Parish Government) – St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister has signed an executive order declaring a parish-wide State of Emergency as a preventative measure due to Tropical Storm Karen. The Parish Administration and its Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will continue to communicate with the National Weather Service in order to have the most up to date storm track. Additionally, the Parish has activated parts of its storm plans as needed.

“At this time we are continuing to assess the potential need for sandbagging, sheltering, and other emergency needs. Based upon the forecast track, we will announce any additional emergency preparedness plans to the public as they happen through the local media, our website at www.stpgov.org, through social media on Facebook and Twitter,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “St. Tammany Parish Government will continue to work today as a normal work day and the Emergency Operations Center has been partially activated.”

We urge all residents to prepare for the possibility of a rain and wind event, particularly those living in low lying areas should take precautionary measures to prevent damage to property. Assure that all family members are accounted for and have a safe place to shelter from the weather if it becomes necessary. We ask that you secure items on your property, clear storm drains, stock up on the necessities for a storm event, and pay close attention to weather forecasts and Parish officials as the storm gets closer to land.

St. Tammany Parish is poised to fully activate our Emergency Preparedness plans if necessary; however, no evacuations are being called for St. Tammany Parish at this time. For emergency updates call, 985-809-2300.

We continue to ask citizens to sign up to receive automatic email updates from the Parish at http://www.stpgov.org/register.php.

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