Louisiana Governor declares a state of emergency due to extreme heat.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has announced the declaration of a state of emergency owing to the multiple consequences of extreme heat that are adversely impacting the state.
“This summer, the National Weather Service has issued a record number of excessive heat warnings for Louisiana,” said Gov. Edwards. “The Louisiana Department of Health reports that the state has already exceeded the average number of annual heat-related emergency room visits. Additionally, drought conditions and a significant drop in the Mississippi River’s water level have added stress on water supplies and agriculture. This declaration will allow the state to mobilize resources and aid those most affected. Please continue to take precautions when you are outside and check on neighbors who might need assistance.”
The declaration of a state of emergency is a necessary administrative step that enables the effective utilization of state resources to aid in emergency response efforts.
A press release stated that the Governor’s Office and GOHSEP are committed to keeping the public informed about heat-related risks and any other weather emergencies.