Gov. Bobby Jindal took to the podium to address the people of Louisiana moments after Isaac was upgraded to a hurricane.
Notes from governor:
We could see tornadoes in LA today and tomorrow.
We could see tidal surges come after Isaac passes through the area, per the NWS.
This is a slow moving storm. This could mean localized flooding and a lot of wind.
Use extreme caution and common sense when approaching debris in the road and downed power lines.
We are prepositioning points of distribution (PODs) for food and water if they are needed after Isaac.
National Guard has requested Title 32 authorization from the Pentagon. More than 4100 guardsmen active in LA for Isaac.
We are preparing Urban Search and Rescue assets in areas where we expect to see flooding from Isaac.
Yesterday, the president granted a limited disaster declaration for the state that provides for direct federal assistance.
We sent a letter yesterday to the president requesting a full declaration.
We have learned from past experiences that you cannot wait and you have to push the federal bureaucracy.
We think it's important to be aggressive and do everything we can to protect our people and our property.
FEMA has the request, but they have not yet acted on it.
Current state-run shelter population is approx 530 evacuees, with numbers increasing throughout today.
Parishes will open more shelters; state has capacity for thousands more at our shleters and Red Cross shelters.
LANG is providing bus drivers to support DODT and DOE evacuation efforts.
LANG has 921 vehicles, 503 high water vehicles, 74 boats, and 40 aircraft ready to respond.
Department of Wildlife & Fisheries has more than 200 search & rescue personnel positioned.
DEQ requesting a fuel waiver from U.S. EPA to make it easier for gas stations to maintain their fuel supply.
Estimated 851 evacuees located in parish run & Red Cross shelters, with 761 of those in parish run facilities.
DCFS preloading food stamp benefits starting Saturday for the month of September for those running low.
Delivered 9 pallets of Hesco baskets to Lafourche Parish this morning.
This is a slow moving storm, the greatest danger to those who are not leaving are strong winds and a lot of water.
All 108 patients & Bayside Nursing Home in Gretna were evacuated to a sister facility in Tangipahoa.
DHH has requested federal assistance for 100 ambulances and up to 300 para-transit seats.
We're going to see heavy rains and strong winds for many hours – it is important people take this storm seriously.
Local leaders doing a good job providing info. People are making informed decisions about if they should go.
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