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Today’s regularly scheduled Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting has been cancelled due to the potential effects of Hurricane Ida on Southeast Louisiana. Today’s meeting has been rescheduled for next Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at LDWF Headquarters. 

Residents Encouraged to Pre-Apply for Disaster Food Stamps in Preparation for
Hurricane Ida

BATON ROUGE - With Hurricane Ida expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico later today,
Department of Social Services Secretary (DSS) Kristy Nichols today encouraged
residents to pre-apply online or by phone for Disaster Food Stamps to prepare for a
possible impact by the storm, as well as save time, and avoid long waits in the
event of a disaster.
"In preparation of Hurricane Ida, I urge all low- to moderate-income residents,
especially those who were affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike last year, to take
advantage of our Disaster Food Stamps pre-application process," said DSS Secretary
Kristy Nichols. "By completing the pre-application on-line or by phone, residents
are taking a proactive step to prepare themselves and their families for a disaster.
Pre-applying saves time and collecting the required income information for the
Disaster Food Stamp application is easier to do before a hurricane strikes rather
than afterwards."
Disaster Food Stamps provide food assistance for eligible low- to moderate-income
households that do not receive regular food stamps who need help buying groceries
due to lost income or damages following a disaster. Exact requirements for the
program are determined following the event and are based on location and income.
Louisiana residents who already receive regular Food Stamps do not need to
pre-apply. If regular Food Stamp recipients are eligible for additional benefits,
they will be added to their monthly benefit amount automatically.
To apply, residents can visit or and
provide the following information:
-- Names, Social Security Numbers and Dates of Birth for each household member
-- Current address and parish of household
-- Monthly income for each household member
-- All liquid resources for each household member (cash on hand, checking & savings
account balances, certificates of deposit and money market balance)
The information will be kept securely on file and will be confidential.
If residents do not have on-line access, they may call 1-888-LA HELP U
(1-888-524-3578) to apply as well.
Pre-applying does not guarantee benefits. After a disaster, residents who have
pre-applied only need to visit a Disaster Food Stamp issuance site to verify their
information and identity to determine final eligibility and receive their benefit
cards. Eligibility requirements and DFSP locations will only be announced after a
Louisiana's federally approved system is the first year-round Disaster Food Stamps
pre-application process in the nation.


Governor Bobby Jindal Declares State of Emergency for Hurricane Ida
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal issued the following executive
proclamation declaring a state of emergency as a result of the forecasted conditions
of Hurricane Ida.
WHEREAS,               the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and
Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., confers upon the Governor of the State of
Louisiana emergency powers to deal with emergencies and disasters, including those
caused by fire, flood, earthquake or other natural or man-made causes, in order to
ensure that preparations of this state will be adequate to deal with such
emergencies or disasters and to preserve the lives and property of the people of the
State of Louisiana;
WHEREAS,               when the Governor determines that a disaster or emergency has
occurred, or the threat thereof is imminent, R.S. 29:724(B)(1) empowers him to
declare a state of emergency by executive order or proclamation, or both;
WHEREAS,               the forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that
the coastal parishes of southeast Louisiana will be impacted by the effects of
Hurricane Ida on or about November 9, 2009 and subjected to hurricane and/or
tropical storm force winds, wave surges, coastal flooding conditions, torrential
rains and tornado activity to such a degree that life and property will be placed in
jeopardy; and
WHEREAS,               a declaration that a state of emergency exists on November 8,
2009, due to the predicted effects of Hurricane Ida along the southeast Louisiana
coast, which threatens the safety and security of those citizens, is appropriate
given the threatened hurricane or tropical storm conditions;
 NOW THEREFORE I, BOBBY JINDAL, Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the
authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby
order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1:              Pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency
Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., a state of emergency is declared
to exist in the State of Louisiana as a result of forecasted hurricane and/or
tropical storm force winds, wave surges, coastal flooding conditions, torrential
rains and tornado activity which has created emergency conditions that threaten the
lives and property of the citizens of the State;
SECTION 2:              The Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security
and Emergency Preparedness is hereby authorized to undertake any activity authorized
by law which he deems necessary and appropriate in response to this declaration; and
SECTION 3:              The state of emergency extends from November 8, 2009 through
December 7, 2009, unless terminated sooner.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 8th day of
November, 2009.


KANE Request Line:
(337) 367-1240

KANE Business Line:
(337) 365-3434


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