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Preparing For Isaac

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ALEXANDRIA, La. – Teams around the state are preparing for Isaac by announcing evacuations, closings, pre-storm set ups and post-storm cleanups.

Mayor Jonathan Dean of the Town of Ball announced Monday morning information regarding sandbags and hurricane preparedness information for Ball residents.

Dean say residents may pick up six sandbags for each external door per home. A state driver's license will be needed during pick up. Also, more information regarding emergency preparedness is available at the utility office.

Due to storm, Acadian Ambulance has activated its Evacuation Response Operations Center on Monday afternoon. 

Acadian has activated additional ambulance personnel and support staff to coordinate incoming evacuation requests. It has evacuated 51 patients from nursing home facilities in Orleans and Plaquemines parishes, with 66 more scheduled and 98 pending. Fuel station depots have been set up in Gretna and Houma where power outages are expected, and an emergency generator has been deployed to Air Med VI stationed in New Orleans.

Persons facing life or death situations should dial 911. Acadian Ambulance can be reached for Louisiana non-emergency medical assistance by calling 511 direct and pressing option 2. Texas and Mississippi residents can call 1.800.259.1111.

As of Monday afternoon, NewsChannel 5/CBS 2 is awaiting emergency preparedness plans for closings and suspensions from other Cenla officials about government, schools and sanitation.

The following is preparedness information from Isaac's targeted areas:

In New Orleans, officials say sanitation services will be suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Jefferson Parish public schools will be closed through Wednesday. Due to the prediction of inclement weather as a result of Tropical Storm Isaac, Recovery School District (RSD) and Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) officials have announced the closure of schools and cancellation of all school-related extracurricular activities, Monday, Aug. 27 - Wednesday, Aug. 29. The RSD and OPSB District Offices will remain open tomorrow and a determination for future office closure dates will be made late Monday.
 
Schools are scheduled to reopen on Thursday, Aug. 30.
 

The RSD encourages parents to continue monitoring information regarding the status of schools through the news media, the RSD web site: www.rsdla.net; RSD Facebook page http://www.Facebook.com/RecoverySchoolDistrict  and through Twitter: www.twitter.com/RSD_LA .
 
The OPSB encourages parents to continue monitoring the OPSB web site for information regarding the status of schools: www.opsb.us
 
RSD schools in Baton Rouge, St. Helena and Pointe Coupee are scheduled to be open and hold classes during this time.

For all official announcements from the City of New Orleans, visit www.nola.gov

The DDD street operations, including clean teams and public safety rangers, will be suspended beginning tonight, Monday, Aug. 27 at 10 p.m. for the duration of the storm.

Following the lead of the City of New Orleans, the Downtown Development District office will be closed beginning at noon today, Monday, Aug. 27, through Wednesday, Aug. 29. 

Downtown-related storm updates will be posted to the DDD website,www.downtownnola.com, and through Facebook and Twitter pages: facebook.com/dddneworleans or @dddneworleans. 

For more tips on preparedness, including a full list of supplies you should have on hand, information about sheltering in place, and updates on City of New Orleans preparations for Isaac, as well as any other future storms, visit http://ready.nola.gov or follow @NOLAReady.

Here are some simple steps you should be thinking about now:

  • Plan on disconnecting and taking your computer with you if you evacuate, or at least protecting it in a closet. Back up your files on a hard drive if you can. 
  • Get extra batteries, water supplies, sheets of plywood or at least tape for your windows. It wouldn't hurt to have a tarp handy. A hot plate could be handy if gas is shut off. Generators are expensive, but an alternative for some. Get gas now. If power is out widely, gas stations can't pump gas. You should have a portable radio and batteries to track what is happening.
  • Plan on where you will evacuate to if necessary, especially if you have pets. Do plan on taking your pets with you if you go. If you will go to a hotel or shelter, find out which ones can take your pets. NewsChannel 5/CBS2 will keep you informed on the latest information regarding shelters and evacuation opportunities soon. Track the TV channels, such as kalb.com, on the internet if you don't have a TV.
  • Remember, even if the storm stays at or below Category 2, there could be significant power outages which can last for a long time. That is a reason other than safety why you may consider leaving.
  • If you are going to evacuate out of the city, the sooner you leave the better to avoid grid lock traffic leaving. If you can fly to stay with your folks or friends, that is only an option until they close the airport. Plan on eating or taking food in your refrigerator with you if it looks like the storm might result in power outages longer than 48 hours. Thousands have lost their refrigerators due to the stench of rotten food that cannot be cleaned away. Fill your bathtub with water as a way to flush toilets later on.
  • Get your prescriptions, important papers, jewelry and photos ready to go.
  • Please plan on forcing your elder friends or relatives to leave it the storm looks like it might hit us above Category 2.
  • Take a variety of clothes in case you wind up being away for longer than you expect.

These suggestions may not be necessary if the tracking changes again. But please don't wait until the last minute to make a plan/

Here is a list of resources to follow as Isaac changes: 

Internet:

   Webpage: www.kalb.com

   Twitter: @kalbtv5

   Facebook: KALB NewsChannel 5

   Google+: News Channel 5

   Instagram: kalbtv

   National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Email:

Send news and photos: news@kalb.com

TV: 

   KALB-TV (NBC 5/CBS 2)

Radio:

Alexandria

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Radio-Maria-Alexandria-Louisiana/235897039767911

New Iberia

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Radio-Maria-New-Iberia-Louisiana/248260315190090

Natchitoches

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Radio-Maria-Natchitoches-Louisiana/129763917105960

Lake Charles

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Radio-Maria-Lake-Charles-Louisiana/222602467772533

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