Today, Gov. Edwards’ Pre-Disaster Emergency Declaration request for 17 Louisiana Parishes was approved by President Donald Trump.The declaration allows the state to more easily access federal response resources in the event that they become necessary.  

“I appreciate the speed and decisiveness with which President Trump granted our Pre-Disaster Emergency Declaration request in anticipation of Tropical Storm Nate making landfall along our coast,” said Gov. Edwards. “This declaration will help us continue the process of preparing for potential severe weather with the support of federal resources at our disposal.” 

This assistance is for the parishes of Assumption, Iberia, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Vermillion.

Click here to read the approval document. 

Pre-Disaster Emergency Declarations
The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.  Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding.