GOHSEP encourages Louisiana residents to prepare for freezing temperatures this weekend

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness would like Louisiana residents to prepare for the expected freezing temperatures this weekend. 

More cold weather is on the way and according to GOHSEP, some portions of Northeast Louisiana could be impacted by ice and snow. 

That ice and snow could make for dangerous conditions on some roads in those areas. 

Mike Steele of GOHSEP said in a press release that house fires have also been a problem this winter during long periods of freezing conditions.

“Make plans now to deal with this latest round of winter weather,” said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. “Check on friends and loved ones who may need help dealing with this type of weather. Make sure you carefully use any heaters or other items used to keep your homes warm. Also, be sure to check the roads in areas where wintry conditions could become a factor.”

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s office released the following statement concerning the rash of house fires this winter: When using any type of heating source, whether it is a space heater or fireplace, homeowners should incorporate a “three-foot rule,” where there should be a space of at least three feet between a heating source and any combustibles such as furniture and décor.

During an emergency, visit www.511la.org for road updates.

The Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide can be downloaded at www.getagameplan.org.


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