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May 23, 2013
Governor Jindal Declares State of Emergency Following Tornado Damage in Northwest Louisiana

BATON ROUGE – Due to severe damage and power outages caused by a severe weather system - including a tornado - that passed through Northwest Louisiana last week, Governor Bobby Jindal declared a State of Emergency. 

Proclamation Declaring State of Emergency for Northwest Louisiana 
WHEREAS,                the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., confers upon the Governor of the State of Louisiana emergency powers to deal with emergencies and disasters, including those caused by fire, flood, earthquake or other natural or man-made causes, in order to ensure that preparations of this state will be adequate to deal with such emergencies or disasters and to preserve the lives and property of the people of the state of Louisiana;
WHEREAS,                when the Governor determines that a disaster or emergency has occurred, or the threat thereof is imminent, R.S. 29:724(B)(1) empowers the Governor to declare a state of emergency by executive order or proclamation, or both;
WHEREAS,                on May 16, 2013, a dangerous weather system moved across north Louisiana producing an EF-1 tornado with approximately 90 mph winds;
WHEREAS,                approximately 270 houses in DeSoto Parish received damage of varying degrees as a result of the tornado with reports of damages and as many as 19,000 power outages from Caddo, Red River and Natchitoches parishes and damage assessments ongoing in the affected parishes;
WHEREAS,                DeSoto Parish has declared a state of emergency in order to assist residents who were affected by this event. The State, through the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has responded with requested assistance;
WHEREAS,                DeSoto Parish is in need of continuing assistance and anticipates needing future assistance as a result of this weather system and resulting damages, and that a declaration of emergency is necessary to allow state agencies to thoroughly prepare for any eventuality and to allow federal agencies and federal resources to be deployed if necessary;
WHEREAS,                a state of emergency exists on May 22, 2013 and continues to exist due to the damage sustained by DeSoto Parish and the surrounding areas which threatens the safety, security and property of citizens of this State.
NOW THEREFORE, I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1:             Pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., a state of emergency is declared to exist in the State of Louisiana as a result of the actual damages experienced in the State and the threat of additional damages which has created emergency conditions that continue to threaten the lives and property of citizens of the State.
SECTION 2:             The Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is hereby authorized to undertake any activity authorized by law which he deems necessary and appropriate in response to this declaration, and all state agencies are hereby authorized to take any actions directed by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in response to this declaration of emergency;
SECTION 3:             This state of emergency extends from May 23, 2013 through June 22, 2013 unless terminated sooner.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 23rd day of May, 2013.
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