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Be Prepared!

HAMMOND, LA – July 12, 2019 – While all of the details surrounding Tropical Storm Barry continue to evolve, we are urging residents to be prepared for tropical-force winds and heavy rainfall possible totaling anywhere from 10-20”. This amount of rainfall can result in significant flooding in certain areas of Tangipahoa Parish.

“Our main concern for all of us is the safety of our citizens,” said Sheriff Edwards. “The best defense against these threatening weather conditions is to be prepared.” Awareness and preparedness are the keys to securing the safety and well-being of your family and property.

Now is the time to have a plan and disaster supplies on hand (flashlights and extra batteries; first aid kit and manual; battery-operated radio and extra batteries; emergency food and water; non electric can openers; essential medicines; cash; credit cards and sturdy shoes). Also, make arrangements for pets.

We ask that you pay close attention to the weather conditions. We also ask that you keep our deputies and first responders in mind during this time. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding or is likely to flood, make plans to evacuate. Neglecting to plan often leads our deputies and first responders into dangerous situations that put your life and their lives at risk.

During inclement weather conditions, we urge residents to remain inside and off the roadways. We ask that you do not go riding around and do not drive around or attempt to drive around barricades. These barricades are put up for a reason - the safety of everyone.

If you do have an Emergency, call 9-1-1.

While we can’t stop the forces of a hurricane or tropical storm, we can take steps to limit our vulnerability to their destructive nature. Our goal is help keep you safe.