Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive proclamation declaring a state of emergency as a result of the forecasted conditions of Tropical Storm Karen.
See the declaration below:
OF EMERGENCY – TROPICAL STORM KAREN
Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S.
29:721, et seq., confers upon the Governor of the State of Louisiana
emergency powers to deal with emergencies and disasters, including those caused
by fire, flood, earthquake or other natural or manmade causes, in order to
ensure that preparations of this State will be adequate to deal with such
emergencies or disasters and to preserve the lives and property of the people
of the State of Louisiana;
the Governor determines that a disaster or emergency has occurred, or the
threat thereof is imminent, R.S. 29:724(B)(1) empowers him to declare a state
of emergency by executive order or proclamation;
Storm Karen is currently moving up the Yucatan Peninsula and is moving slowly
northwestward toward the State of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, posing a threat
of extremely heavy rainfall resulting in very high tides for coastal parishes
and the possibility of flash floods for coastal parishes and inland parishes
through the weekend of Saturday, October 5, 2013;
National Weather Service predicts this storm has the potential to develop
hurricane force winds and make landfall between Southeast Louisiana and the
Florida panhandle on Saturday;
National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch, a Tropical Storm Watch,
and a Coastal Flood Advisory for the next 72 hours for parts of southeastern
Louisiana, placing the lives and property of the citizens of this State in
NOW THEREFORE I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor
of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the
Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as
to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act,
R.S. 29:721, et seq., a state of emergency is declared to continue to
exist in the State of Louisiana as a result of forecasted tropical storm which
has created emergency conditions that threaten the lives and property of the
citizens of the State.
Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency
Preparedness is hereby authorized to undertake any activity authorized by law
which he deems necessary and appropriate in response to this declaration.
state of emergency extends from Thursday, October 3, 2013 through Friday,
November 1, 2013, unless terminated sooner.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my
hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the
Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 3rd day of October,