POSTED: Friday, September 2, 2011 - 10:13am
UPDATED: Friday, September 2, 2011 - 2:37pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — The current forecast for Tropical Depression Number 13 indicates that the storm may strengthen within the next 24-48 hours, which could impact our roadways and aggravate commuting problems over this Labor Day weekend holiday.
Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden urges the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish to remain vigilant of the weather conditions that could potentially affect our community.
“As we continue to ensure the safety and well being of our citizens, we are encouraging everyone to pay close attention to this tropical system and to remain aware of your surroundings,” stated Holden.
The Mayor once again reminds citizens to exercise using the “Buddy System.” Check on those friends and neighbors who might have difficulty during any hazardous event as well as to take necessary steps to protect your home, personal property and your pets.
The Mayor also encourages City-Parish residents to be “personally prepared” by having enough supplies on hand for longer than 72 hours, in the event of severe power outages. Exercise extreme caution when traveling on roadways and closely monitor weather conditions as they may deteriorate quickly.
The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) will continue to coordinate with local and state officials throughout the duration of this weather event. Should you need any further information regarding this tropical weather situation, please contact MOHSEP at 225-389-2100 or you can visit www.redstickready.com  for additional information and tips.