Freezing Temperatures Trigger Cold Weather Preparations
Announcement from St. Tammany Parish Government
Department of Public Information
With the potential for below freezing temperatures and a hard freeze warning from area meteorologists, St. Tammany Parish has instituted its severe cold weather protocols. As of 8:00AM this morning, the Public Works Department began preparing for the possibility of sanding or closing roads if the need arises. Additionally, they have placed critical employees on notice for emergency activation if the weather dictates.
The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is in close contact with the National Weather Service and is monitoring the situation. Tammany Utilities is asking, not just its customers but all St. Tammany residents, to wrap their pipes and take the necessary precautions to prevent pipes from bursting. The Department of Health and Human Services is urging residents with elderly individuals in their families to make certain they have a safe and effective way to heat their residences. Furthermore, they are asking residents if they know of at-risk families or neighbors that could fall victim to severe cold weather, to please check on them during the evening and morning hours to confirm their safety. The Department of Animal Services warns pet and livestock owners to also take special precautions to safeguard the well being of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.