Office of the Mayor-President

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Release Date: 12/07/2017

Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

December 6, 2017
For media inquiries only, contact:
Janene Tate, Communications Director
Desk: 225-389-7957

Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Monitoring Potential Freezing Conditions, Offers Tips for Residents

BATON ROUGE, La. — The National Weather Service in Slidell has issued an advisory for East Baton Rouge Parish regarding the potential for winter weather and freezing temperatures. Forecasts are predicting a slight chance of snow flurries and a high chance of freezing temperatures. Winter precipitation will potentially occur Thursday night into Friday morning. Freezing temperatures are likely Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. At this time, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has not called for any closures or event cancellations in the parish. The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) is continuing to monitor the situation.

MOHSEP stressed that residents should check on neighbors and family members who may need assistance, and take care of their pets accordingly. Those who use heaters and fireplaces should be careful, including keeping children away from hot surfaces. A fire extinguisher should be ready for use as well.

Other tips include:

• Check family disaster supply kits to ensure they are prepared for the winter.
• Bring pets inside.
• Protect, cover or wrap water pipes.
• Protect plants as necessary.
• Ensure proper ventilation for fuel-burning equipment.
• Refuel heating sources outside.
• Test smoke detectors.

For more information, contact MOHSEP at 225-389-2100. Also, go to Redstickready and follow Red Stick Ready on social media for real-time updates and more tips. The free Red Stick Ready app is available for both Apple and Android devices.