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Posted on: January 15, 2024

East Baton Rouge Parish Prepares for Extreme Cold & Hard Freeze

Baton Rouge, La – January 15, 2024 – The National Weather Service has placed East Baton Rouge Parish under a Winter Weather Advisory and Wind Chill Advisory which will begin this evening at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively. There will also be a Hard Freeze Warning in effect tomorrow starting at 10 p.m. Severe cold temperatures and freezing conditions can pose a threat to the health and safety of our community; thus, it is crucial to take appropriate measures to mitigate the associated risks.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome emphasizes the importance of our community’s safety amid extremely cold temperatures. “To mitigate potential risks, it is crucial for everyone to exercise caution and implement preventive measures,” says Mayor Broome. Given the hazardous weather conditions ahead, residents are advised to refrain from unnecessary travel, as driving conditions may become hazardous. Mayor Broome notes, “It is crucial to stay updated by checking local weather and traffic reports before embarking on any travel.”

Further, Mayor Broome encourages the use of the BuddySystem™ during these frigidly cold days, urging residents to check on their family, friends, and neighbors to ensure they have the necessary resources and support.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP), in collaboration with Mayor-President Broome’s Office and other local and state partners, remain vigilant in monitoring the latest weather forecasts. First responders, public works crews, and emergency stakeholders have taken winter weather preparations to uphold the safety of East Baton Rouge Parish.

City-Parish Closure; Garbage, Recycling and Trash Collection

·        City-Parish Offices, with the exception of libraries will shut down regular business Tuesday, January 16, due to expected weather conditions.

·        Garbage, recycling and trash collection will have a delayed start for road safety. The landfill will operate 7:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. to accommodate the late start.

Warming Centers and Homelessness Shelters

·        Our partners at the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul have expanded their capacity and will accept individuals at any time during this weather event, day or night.

·        Libraries are operating as warming centers throughout the parish, during normal operating hours.

·        We are ready to activate additional warming centers, resources, and shelters, if need or due to widespread and prolonged power outages.

Fire Safety and Carbon Monoxide Safety

Check Smoke Alarms

·        Make sure smoke alarms are working properly. Test them monthly and replace batteries at least once a year.

Space Heaters

·        Keep heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can burn, including furniture, carpets, curtains, and people.

·        Place heaters on solid, non-flammable surfaces.

·        Never block exits with a heater and keep them out of the way of foot traffic.

·        Keep children away from heaters.

·        Always plug heaters directly into wall outlets – NEVER use an extension cord.

·        Turn off and unplug space heaters when leaving a room or going to bed.

Fireplace Safety

·        If you're using your fireplace, make sure the flue is open and clear. Use a sturdy screen to prevent sparks.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

·        Ensure your home has working CO alarms. Never use a gas oven or stove to heat your home.

Electrical Heating Devices

·        Inspect them for frayed wires and follow safety guidelines. Don't overload outlets.

Four P’s of Preparation

Remember to protect the “Four P’s”: People, pets, pipes, and plants.People• Keep warm, stay inside if possible.• If you need to go out, dress in layers and wear hats, gloves, and an appropriate coat.• Avoid overexertion, as cold weather puts added strain on your body.

Pets• Prolonged exposure to the forecasted temperatures and wind may be fatal to unprotected livestock and pets.• Bring pets inside and move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas.• Keep adequate food and water available.

Pipes• Proper winterization of any exposed pipes/plumbing will be needed to prevent damage.• Disconnect outdoor hoses and drains, and store them in a protected area.• Wrap exposed faucets and pipes — including those outside the house or in unheated crawl spaces, attics, garages, and other areas.

• If leaving out of town, shut off the main water supply and drainpipes to prevent damage should they burst.• Check with your water provider for recommendations on dripping faucets.

Plants• Bring potted plants inside or store them in a garage near an interior wall to provide extra warmth and protection from wind.• For cold-sensitive outdoor plants, put down extra mulch and consider covering them with a cloth fabric of some kind to shield the plants from wind and frost.• Tropical plants/vegetation will require maximum freeze protection.

For more information, please visit RedStickReady.com, follow Red Stick Ready on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @redstickready, or contact the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (225) 389-2100.

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