GOHSEP Monitoring Winter Weather Conditions

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

BATON ROUGE  – The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) continues to monitor issues associated with ice accumulations in several regions of the state.  Conditions change quickly during this type of event.  Some travel advisories may have to be extended if temperatures do not rise as forecast.

GOHSEP’s Crisis Action Team remains activated to assist local governments and other state agencies with requests for resources.  GOHSEP’s Regional Coordinators are in constant contact with local officials during this situation.

“Traffic is already a factor in many areas as Louisiana State Police, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and local emergency managers work to deal with the conditions,” says GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis.  “There may be additional traffic later today as the Mardi Gras holiday winds down.  We urge everyone to stay off the roads, if possible, until conditions improve.  Use extreme caution and look for weather related advisories if you are forced to travel.”

You can get the latest updates on road and travel conditions by using the 511 Traveler Information System from DOTD by dialing 511 and giving the route or region where you are traveling.  More information is also available at www.511la.org.

Look for more weather related updates on GOHSEP’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Go to www.getagameplan.org to download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide.  You can also find the Get a Game Plan app to help you and your family plan for an emergency.