From the OFFICE of the GOVERNOR

September 3, 2018

**Please note the updated times.**
Gov. Edwards to Host Unified Command Group Meeting  

BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards will host a meeting of the Unified Command Group (UCG) in anticipation of Tropical Storm Gordon.  Following the meeting, Gov. Edwards and state emergency response officials will hold a press conference to discuss preparations that are underway.

Throughout the weekend, Gov. Edwards and state officials participated in preparation conference calls with the National Weather Service.  On Saturday, Gov. Edwards activated the Crisis Action Team at the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. 

Details are as follows:

4:30 p.m.                     UCG Meeting (Closed Press)

                                    Location:  GOHSEP, 7667 Independence Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

5:30 p.m.                     Press Conference to Discuss Tropical Storm Gordon (Open Press)

                                    Location: GOHSEP, 7667 Independence Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

ONLINE RESOURCES Louisiana residents can take simple steps to protect themselves, their families, their pets and their homes. GOHSEP provides detailed tips and information for how to respond in the event of a tornado, flooding, thunderstorm, hurricane or other severe weather. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides detailed, zip code level weather information for the public on its Website. Users can get information about severe weather warnings and alerts and also view forecasts from National Weather Service staff. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) outlines what to do in many disaster scenarios on its preparedness site. 

ALERT FM: Free App that allows GOHSEP to create and send digital alerts and messages based on geographic or organizational groups. Messages are delivered to the data subcarrier of existing FM transmitters around the US. Overlapping signals of

FM stations ensure rapid message transmission even when other communication systems are disrupted.

Find more tips on weather and preparedness on GOHSEP’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Listen to conversations on all aspects of emergency management by downloading GOHSEP’s The Get A Game Plan Podcast. You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new Alert FM App.  It is free for basic service.  The Get A Game Plan App is another resource available to help you and your family prepare for any type of emergency. You can download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other information at


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