Summary: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency for Louisiana in preparatin for Invest 94 or could be known as Tropical Storm Danielle should the condition upgrade. In the declaration, Jindal expressed his concern about the storm's impact upon the BP oil spill and impact of the Deepwater Horizon site.
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency for the State of Louisiana in preparation for Invest 94, which if upgraded, would become Tropical Storm Danielle.
EXECUTIVE PROCLAMATION ON STATE OF EMERGENCY- INVEST 94/TS DANIELLE
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 manmade 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 him to declare a state of emergency by executive order or proclamation;
WHEREAS, a statewide declaration of emergency, Proclamation No. 20 BJ 2010, as extended by subsequent proclamations, was issued on April 29, 2010 in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and on April 29, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon event was designated a Spill of National Significance (SONS) by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security;
WHEREAS, Invest 94, which if upgraded will become Tropical Storm Danielle, is projected to enter the area of response activities surrounding the Deepwater Horizon site located approximately forty-eight (48) miles off the southeastern coastline of Louisiana, and this response involves hundreds of maritime vessels and thousands of United States Coast Guard personnel, British Petroleum personnel and their contractors on-land and off-shore;
WHEREAS, Invest 94 is expected to impact the coastal parishes of Louisiana with possible tropical force winds, wave surges, high tides, torrential rain and tornado activity. The storm is expected to make impact with the Louisiana coast during the night of Wednesday, August 11th or day of Thursday, August 12th with the expectation that tropical or hurricane force winds will reach the Louisiana coast prior to landfall;
WHEREAS, the forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that the coastal parishes of Louisiana will be subjected to tropical force conditions to such a degree that life and property will be placed in jeopardy;
WHEREAS, the coastal parishes of Louisiana are currently under parish declarations of Emergency for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and will continue to operate under those declarations for the approaching Invest 94;
WHEREAS, a separate declaration of emergency is necessary to provide the authority for state government to assist local governments as requested, to allow State agencies to thoroughly prepare for any eventuality and to allow federal agencies and federal resources to be deployed if necessary; and
WHEREAS, a declaration that a state of emergency exists on August 10, 2010, due to the predicted impact of Invest 94 along the Louisiana coast which threatens the safety and security of those citizens, is appropriate given the threatened tropical storm conditions and complicating factors created by the oil spill; and
NOW THEREFORE I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and 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 separate state of emergency is declared to exist in the State of Louisiana as a result of forecasted tropical storm which, in addition to the Deepwater Horizon Spill of National Significance, has created emergency conditions that threaten the lives and property of the 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.
SECTION 3: The state of emergency extends from Tuesday, August 10, 2010 through Thursday, September 9, 2010, 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 Tuesday, 10th day of August, 2010.
GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA
SECRETARY OF STATE