disaster preparedness

Weather Alert
1:58 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Weather alert issued for New Orleans East

The National Weather Service has issued an alert for New Orleans East and upper St. Bernard Parish, due to a cluster of strong, slow-moving thunderstorms affecting the area.

The storms, located northeast of Chalmette, are moving to the northeast at approximately 5 mph, and packing frequent lightning and wind gusts up to 35 to 45 mph, according to the Weather Service.

The Listening Room
10:26 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Vermont: Small Town State

From the State of the Re:Union series. Quaint storefronts along Main streets, covered bridges over clear streams, cows from dairy farms dotting green valleys: across the state, these are the iconic images of Vermont.

Plaquemines Parish Spray Drill
7:14 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Nungesser upset parish not told before spray drill

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser is upset that the parish wasn't notified before an apparent drill for pilots who spray oil spills dispersants. And he doesn't believe that the planes used in the drill were spraying only water, as he was told.

Parish official P.J. Hahn says fishermen called him June 13, saying low-flying planes sprayed something that turned to foam on the water and made their skin itch or burn.

Hahn says the Coast Guard told him it was a drill by the oil industry's Marine Spill Response Corp and that only water was being sprayed.

Weather Alert
6:41 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

National Weather Service issues regional weather alert

The National Weather Service has issued a weather alert this evening for parts of four parishes, in advance of a cluster of strong thunderstorms approaching the region.

The storms, which are moving north at about 5 mph, may produce one to two inches of rain in a short period of time, says the Weather Service. That much rain may result in the ponding of water around low-lying roadways.

The alert covers upper Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes, as well as New Orleans and New Orleans East.

Citizens Rates
9:58 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Citizens Board Agrees to 10 Percent Rate Cut

BATON ROUGE — The board governing Louisiana's property insurer of last resort has agreed to drop rates by 10 percent across a dozen south Louisiana parishes, with the rate cut retroactive to June 7, when the reduction was signed into law.

The $16 million annual rate cut is for customers of the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Citizens customers won't likely see a change on their bills until November, after the process for changing rates is complete. They'll get rebates for any money they paid above what they should have.

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Hurricane Protection
10:27 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Corps Scraps Levee Project in Barataria Basin

The Army Corps of Engineers says it's scrapping plans to build a levee system to protect a large area of south Louisiana against hurricane flooding on the Barataria estuary southwest of New Orleans.  The corps says the project wasn't economically feasible.

Tropical Weather
9:44 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Forecasters: Debby's Threat to La. Decreases

National Hurricane Center

The National Weather Service has discontinued a tropical storm warning for Louisiana after forecast models indicated that the state is under less of a threat from Tropical Storm Debby than initially thought.

Parts of Alabama and Florida remain under a tropical storm warning, however. Storm paths are generally hard to predict days in advance, and forecasters say they've been comparing several models to compile the official forecast. As of late Sunday, though, they believe the storm was less likely to make a westward turn toward Louisiana. 

Tropical Storm Debby
7:49 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

Threat from Debby decreases for Louisiana

National Hurricane Center

Forecasters dropped storm warnings for southeastern Louisiana Sunday afternoon and said the threat from Tropical Storm Debby had decreased.

National Hurricane Center forecasters backed away from an earlier projection that Debby might strike southeast Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane. Instead they said they didn't expect it to turn west from its northward path that has it aimed at Florida and Alabama.

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Breaking: Tropical Storm Debby
7:51 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Tropical Storm Debby forms in the Gulf

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Forecast Cone for Storm Center.
National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Debby has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and forecasters say it will bring rain to the Gulf coast from southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

Forecasters said Saturday the storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. A tropical storm warning has been issued for part of the Louisiana coast.

The storm is moving north at 6 mph. The center of Debby is expected to be moving over the northern Gulf during the next few days.

Hurricane Conference
9:40 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Hurricane Conference Opens in Biloxi

BILOXI, Miss. — The Gulf States Hurricane Conference is under way in Biloxi, Miss., with more than 300 emergency managers and first responders attending from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas. The location of the conference rotates among the states. 

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