Gov. Edwards Declares State of Emergency Ahead of IDA

Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency due to the potential impacts and further development of Tropical Storm Ida. According to the National Hurricane Center, this system is forecast to approach the northern Gulf Coast at or near major hurricane intensity Sunday.

While there is some forecast uncertainty since the system is just forming, there is the potential for dangerous storm surge, damaging hurricane-force wind and heavy rainfall Sunday and Monday along the coast of Louisiana. A state of emergency is an administrative step that authorizes the use of state resources to aid in storm response efforts.

LCCF coordinates with Governmental and state agencies to inform and provide resources to businesses in Louisiana in emergencies, pandemics and other instances where communications needs are to be expedited.

Stay up-to-date on State Emergency Disaster News, Business Resources and Emergency Procurement Efforts. Forward this information along to other minority or BIPOC businesses that would benefit from Emergency or Disaster Relief information.

Impacts from what is forecast to be a major hurricane could begin as early as Saturday in areas along the coast. Areas well inside the state could see hurricane force winds and torrential flooding beginning Sunday. Now is the time to finalize your plans. 

There will likely be major power outage issues. Travel could be restricted due to flooding and other problems. If you plan to evacuate, check for road closure information and make sure you bring along adequate supplies. Include masks and other PPE due to the latest COVID-19 surge.

Call 211 for shelter updates. Don’t forget your pets. Plan for any needs associated with your pets.

Stay informed and check/re-stock your emergency supplies. Emergency planning starts with individuals and families.
Plan to Stay in Business

Business continuity planning must account for all hazards (both man-made and natural disasters). Plan in advance to manage any emergency situation. Assess the situation, use common sense and available resources to take care of yourself, your co-workers and your business's recovery. Carefully evaluate internal and external operations to determine which staff members, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.

  • Be Informed
  • Know what kinds of emergencies might affect your company.
  • Continuity Planning
  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally.
  • Emergency Planning
  • Your employees and co-workers are your business's most important and valuable asset.
  • Emergency Supplies
  • Think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.
  • Deciding to Stay or Go
  • Shelter-in-place or evacuate, plan for both possibilities.
  • Fire Safety
  • Fire is the most common of all business disasters.
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Take steps that give you the upper hand in responding to medical emergencies.
  • Influenza Pandemic
  • The federal government, states, communities and industry are taking steps to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic.
Talk to Your People

A solid business emergency plan only works if everyone on your team is aware of the plan and the actions they need to take.
  • Involve Co-Workers
  • Include people from all levels in emergency planning.
  • Practice the Plan
  • Drills and exercises will help you prepare.
  • Promote Preparedness
  • Encourage your employees and their families to: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed.
  • Crisis Communication Plan
  • Detail how you will be in contact with employees, customers and others during and after a disaster.
  • Employee Health
  • People who have experienced a disaster may have special recovery needs.

Protect Your Investment

As well as planning for an emergency, you can also take steps to protect your company and secure your physical assets.
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Policies vary, meet with your provider to review current coverage.
  • Utility Disruptions
  • Prepare for extended outages during and after a disaster.
  • Facilities, Buildings & Plants
  • Take steps to secure physical assets.
  • Equipment
  • Conduct a room-by-room walk-through to determine what needs to be secured.
  • Building Air Protection
  • Assess the HVAC system to improve indoor air quality.
  • Cyber Security
  • Protect your data and information technology systems.
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