Global & Disaster Medicine

What’s Louisiana doing in the face of Barry?

EMERGENCY EVENT: Tropical Storm Barry – July 2019

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Press Release:

  • State Partners with Louisiana 2-1-1 to Provide Disaster Sheltering and Information for Tropical Storm Barry
    BATON ROUGE (July 12, 2019): Anyone looking for shelter from Tropical Storm Barry can call 2-1-1 or text keyword LASHELTER to 898211 for the most current sheltering information. Shelter information is updated as it becomes available.

  • Possible temporary closure of Cameron Ferry
    LAKE CHARLES (July 12, 2019): The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that the Cameron Ferry service may be suspended due to hazardous conditions from Tropical Storm Barry. The ferry will remain in service as long as it is safe to operate, however a decision may be announced with little to no additional warning due to rapidly changing conditions.

  • DOTD to close Plaquemine Ferry at 5 p.m.
    BATON ROUGE (July 12, 2019): The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will stop Plaquemine Ferry operations beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 12, as Tropical Storm Barry continues its path towards Louisiana. The ferry will resume operations once the United States Coast Guard reopens river activity.

  • Still Time to Prepare for Tropical Storm Barry
    BATON ROUGE (July 12, 2019): As Tropical Storm Barry approaches, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M., is urging both pet and livestock owners to continue preparations not only for themselves but also their animals.

  • Gov. Edwards Request Federal Emergency Declaration in Advance of Tropical Storm Barry
    BATON ROUGE (July 11, 2019): Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to Pres. Donald J. Trump requesting a Federal Declaration of Emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Barry making landfall along the Louisiana coast. The declaration requests that the state receive supplementary federal resources as soon as possible should they be needed. In addition, Gov. Edwards spoke with Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor to discuss Louisiana’s unprecedented flood fight now in its 258th day, rising level of the Mississippi River, potential for strong storm surge, inundation and large scale statewide impact. Gov. Edwards also reiterated his appreciation to the administration for their support and response to the state during this and other emergencies.

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