Jan 27, 2014|
Scoot fills in for Garland and talks with Homeland Security spokesman Mike Steele about preparations that are being made for the severe winter weather moving in tomorrow.
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Spokesperson for Homeland Security Mike -- choices on WWL Mike I'm sure you guys have had been in meetings all morning. What is it that you would like to tell us about the city of New Orleans getting ready for the winter storm. Well first all we have in the meetings would we appreciate you -- seven assault but you -- -- coaching this situation right now that's. He's similar to when we have hurricane -- or some type Obama tropical. System -- -- the coach right now. Are we basically know we have the cost of the afternoon in the rest of this evening to kind of get where it in and it looks like we're gonna have come. You know both -- after after this point in not gonna get ready for what will be sold fewer Obama. -- you need to go pick up unit just sort of working comes in -- of essential supplies you need group a couple of medications or anything. You know we've preached -- gimmick game plain message in all it's the same when -- start sister roles and she could beyond you know. It could be an extended period of time -- could be well to try and get out on trial or do anything. And everybody needs to be prepared to be without power for. -- date may be a couple of days it it it's not necessarily easier to restore power. When it's a winter storm then when it's a tropical type storm. That's a -- impact could be the big difference between the storm that we had. Last week in the end is just one of things they -- predicting is more widespread power outages would consist of luckily we didn't have that the other day. With a sore but he -- the in the last week that there could be a bigger factor with fiscal Cho. A lot of these state agencies bit -- ball but a lot of the all first responders state police. Are leaving -- wobbly treasuries because of some of the equipment that they have available all we are having. Strategy meetings with those agencies cause we have conference calls have been -- involved all morning. Augusta upcoming accent beyond -- all this would be you know responses from the local -- he offices com or so state resources or needed. A lot of the local agencies contact almost four so we have extra personnel that are are accountable orbital payable virtual questions they come in from the local agencies. And we also conference calls with those local agencies in the national weather shall kind of making sure that everyone's looking at same information. -- dollars every one can come out. Make our decisions you know based -- the same information. Yeah and you just mentioned the acronym go -- that's the governor's office of homeland security and emergency preparedness communications say you're communications director. To sort of let everybody know that. That the state is prepared an -- -- and it's kind of hard to believe Mike that this is is gonna happen because it's just so pleasant outside right now and you know we know that there's cold weather coming sometimes and we get the rain usually before the temperatures dip below freezing but here's a case where the temperatures are gonna dip below freezing. And we're gonna get that combined with precipitation which is very rare for us here. Would you say that the state even though this is rare. It is going to be even more prepared then the state was Friday and it was Friday kind of a practice run. Well -- -- if you believe in the native been in you know I've seen a lot of these situations over the years and repeating what you're talking about stone that's basically impacting the state. -- from Texas to the because are the Stabile line Texan born in the should be. And grow up in you know in the Bay Area -- and reversing an interception system pool room. It basically impacted their entire stretch again like I can remember on open word maybe I'd be out. On the -- -- impacted all of which ordinary impacted you know one which stretched. But you know this is battery war areas to be impacted in and so it. -- it's still possible to try and keep. Everything's open when you have this sort all of it is law. We have to try and cover so under the state in BOT -- going to be everything. But they came in Britain you know. Again. You need kind of people -- abortion becomes describes situation and understand you know that they appear could be involved immediately. Kia they're. Could be two more planning the scores. -- collisions at the time that's one of the things being looked at now. You know giving people alternate worlds ahead of time instead of you know making some of the decisions that we have debate cut short the last. So there's a lot of factors that could come in the played -- you know -- -- that vehicle fuel probe lectured vehicles and good. Working conditions for you at the world because you know could ask union. Mike -- spokesperson for Homeland Security for the state of Louisiana thanks for being with us -- having -- -- -- please let us know if they are needed new developments. --