Hurricane Katrina: Thirteen Years Later
Posted on 8/29/2018 4:58:00 AM.

Today marks the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which slammed into southeast Louisiana as a Category three storm, killing over 1,000 people along the Gulf Coast and leaving much of New Orleans area under water for days. Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness spokesperson, Mike Steele, says Katrina was a milestone event for emergency planners.

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As hurricane season officially begins Louisianans are urged to be prepared
Posted on 6/1/2018 1:34:00 PM.
Hurricane season has officially begun. The Bayou State may be relieved it has avoided tropical threat Alberto but the Spokesperson of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Mike Steele says now is the time to get a plan in place in case Louisiana is threatened by a major hurricane.
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House passes bill to train & equip cajun navy for emergency response
Posted on 4/19/2018 12:27:00 PM.
The state House approves legislation that supporters say will help the Cajun Navy and other volunteer groups have a greater impact during disasters. Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges says her family was helped by volunteers after the 2016 flood.
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State of Emergency declared in flood prone parishes
Posted on 2/27/2018 10:28:00 AM.
Governor Edwards has declared a State of Emergency for several Parishes along the Mississippi, Ouachita and Red Rivers. Flood watches and warnings remain in effect through Thursday afternoon as an additional two to four inches of rainfall is expected. GOHSEP spokesman Mike Steele says persons living near those areas need to remain alert.
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Large full scale nuclear prevention exercise to be held near the Port of Baton Rouge
Posted on 11/15/2017 3:00:00 AM.
The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness will lead a full scale nuclear disaster prevention drill called Operation Great River in which a dozen federal, state and local authorities will participate. The exercise will happen today along the Mississippi River near the Port of Baton Rouge. GOHSEP Spokesperson Mike Steele says it’s a first of a kind drill in Louisiana.
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Over 300 National Guardsmen traveling to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane recovery
Posted on 9/29/2017 11:40:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is sending over 300 Louisiana National Guard soldiers to Puerto Rico to assist the island nation as it deals with catastrophic devastation from Hurricane Maria. Mike Steele, with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says two separate units will spend a month in Puerto Rico.

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Gov. Edwards addresses disturbance in Gulf of Mexico
Posted on 8/23/2017 4:20:00 AM.
Governor John Bel Edwards says state officials are monitoring Tropical Depression Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico and GOHSEP has activated its crisis action team. He says the storm could hit Southeast Texas sometime Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, so Southwest Louisiana should be on alert.
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Hottest temperatures of summer arrive for Fourth of July
Posted on 7/3/2017 4:05:00 PM.

If you like hot and sticky weather, then you’ll enjoy this Independence Day. State Climatologist Barry Keim says there’s almost no chance of rain, and winds are pumping in high humidity levels from the Gulf of Mexico.

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GOHSEP prepares for potential flash flooding
Posted on 6/19/2017 9:26:00 PM.

Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the state late today as a disturbance in the central Gulf of Mexico becomes better organized. Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness spokesperson Mike Steele says heavy rains and flash flooding are the biggest threat.

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Cleanup, damage assessment underway after tornadoes ravage south Louisiana
Posted on 2/8/2017 10:38:00 AM.

The cleanup continues today after the Governor’s Office estimates at least 7 tornadoes touched down in southeast Louisiana on Tuesday. Mike Steele with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says the state is very lucky that no one was killed.

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