Mayor signs local disaster declaration for EBR Parish - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Mayor signs local disaster declaration for East Baton Rouge Parish

Posted: Updated:
Damage in Baker, LA Damage in Baker, LA
  • KSLA News 12 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Vision for South Bossier City's future unveiled by planning firm

    Vision for South Bossier City's future unveiled by planning firm

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:05:06 GMT
    South Bossier Residents listen to presentation.South Bossier Residents listen to presentation.
    Leaders and planning consultants held their final public meeting Thursday about transforming a 10-street block area from the Shreveport-Barksdale bridge to just past the Century Link Center.More >>
    Leaders and planning consultants held their final public meeting Thursday about transforming a 10-street block area from the Shreveport-Barksdale bridge to just past the Century Link Center.More >>
  • Shreveport NICU sees more twins than ever

    Shreveport NICU sees more twins than ever

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:37:17 GMT
    The Pearce twins are one of nine sets of twins at University Health Shreveport right now.The Pearce twins are one of nine sets of twins at University Health Shreveport right now.
    These babies are one set of nine sets of twins being cared for at the Neo-natal intensive care unit at University Health in Shreveport right now.More >>
    These babies are one set of nine sets of twins being cared for at the Neo-natal intensive care unit at University Health in Shreveport right now.More >>
  • Grade changing allegations surface at BTW

    Grade changing allegations surface at BTW

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:14:05 GMT
    Caddo Parish Public Schools officials are investigating allegations that student grades were changed at Shreveport's Booker T. Washington New Tech High School.More >>
    Caddo Parish Public Schools officials are investigating allegations that student grades were changed at Shreveport's Booker T. Washington New Tech High School.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

After visiting the areas affected by the severe weather Monday morning in East Baton Rouge Parish, Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden signed a Local Disaster Declaration. This declaration activates any and all necessary emergency plans and activities in response to this severe weather.

The Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) is currently conducting preliminary damage assessments within the Parish and has made a request for additional damage assessment teams through the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).

While the severe weather is no longer a threat to East Baton Rouge Parish, temperatures are expected to decrease over the next 24 hours and citizens should take the necessary precautions.

Mayor Holden urges citizens to stay away from downed power lines and trees, avoid standing water, and continue to monitor local weather and news stations.

"The silver lining in today's tragic events is that there were no reported injuries," stated Mayor Holden.

Red Cross volunteers are opening a shelter Monday night for residents who have storm-related damages. The shelter at Bethany World Prayer Center, 13855 Plank Road, Zachary, will open at 6 p.m.

Red Cross volunteers have been assisting throughout the day in the Baker/Alsen area, as well as later in Ascension Parish. They have provided tarps, as well as food and water.

Residents in need of shelter tonight should bring:

  • prescription and emergency medication
  • medical equipment such as a wheelchair/walker, oxygen, etc.
  • extra clothing
  • pillows
  • blankets and sleeping bags
  • hygiene supplies
  • specialty snacks and juices for those with dietary restrictions
  • supplies for infants
  • other comfort items

And bring special items for children and infants, such as diapers, formulas and toys.

Copyright 2012 WAFB. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow