With Two Storms in the Gulf,
Governor Edwards Declares
State of Emergency

With Louisiana forecasted to start feeling the impacts of both Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura as early as tomorrow, Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency as all citizens are asked to prepare for the possibility of two tropical weather events in the state this week. To read the Governor's complete emergency proclamation, click HERE.

Governor Edwards and other key state officials are scheduled to hold two press conferences Sunday to discuss the storms. The press conferences will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and can be streamed online through either Louisiana Public Broadcasting's website or the Governor's Office Facebook page.

Residents can also opt in to receive text alerts from the Governor's Office by texting LAGOV to 67283.

For more information from the Governor's Office on how you and your family can prepare for the tropical weather, click HERE.

Get a Hurricane Game Plan
for Your Business, Your
Employees, and Your Family

With Louisiana businesses potentially feeling the impact of both Marco and Laura for at least the next week, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is encouraging all Louisiana business owners who do not already have a Hurricane plan to visit their website for guidance on how to create one, as well as things to consider as they prepare for tropical weather. To visit GOHSEP's "Get a Game Plan" webpage for business, click HERE.

Click HERE to see GOHSEP's full Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide. It contains more information relevant to keeping your business, employees, communities and families safe.

Get Additional Hurricane
Information for Your Company
from the Louisiana Business
Emergency Operations Center

The Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center, a joint operation of GOHSEP and Louisiana Economic Development, also has additional resources for businesses preparing for the impacts of both named storms. The BEOC provides information and alerts for business owners, as well as helpful links to information such as individual parish emergency offices and DOTD's road condition database. To visit the BEOC's website, click HERE.

The BEOC also serves as the main point of contact for Louisiana businesses who have not been impacted by the storms and want to either volunteer or donate their resources to help the state recover. For more information, click HERE.

See the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security/FEMA
Hurricane Toolkit for Business

To help businesses prepare for the impact of hurricanes and tropical weather, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA have assembled a toolkit complete with helpful information such as how to assess readiness, develop a preparedness plan, and checklists to guide business owners through closing and reopening their company. To see the complete hurricane toolkit, click HERE.

Click HERE for additional hurricane preparedness information for businesses from FEMA.

Hurricane Preparedness Tips
from the U.S. Small Business

The U.S. Small Business Administration has assembled useful information to help guide businesses as they prepare for the impact of hurricanes and tropical weather. The SBA's storm guide includes information such as the IRS' tips on protecting your business records and cleanup guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control. To see the SBA's emergency preparedness webpage, click HERE.

The SBA also has a complete hurricane preparedness checklist for businesses. To access a printable PDF version of the checklist, click HERE.

Keep Up With the Latest Storm Forecasts and Tracks With the
National Hurricane Center

In addition to forecasts and updates from local news, you can also find the latest information such as projected tracks, wind speeds and strom surge expectations online through the National Hurricane Center. The Center posts updated Hurricane advisories every three hours.

To visit the National Hurricane Center's website to get the latest on Marco and Laura, click HERE.