Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is on his way to Louisiana to observe preparations in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav. He will first travel to Houma, where he will observe final special needs evacuations and then meet with local officials at the emergency operations center. Secretary Chertoff will then travel to New Orleans, where he will observe evacuation activities and meet with Mayor Nagin and other local officials. Secretary Chertoff is then expected to travel to Baton Rouge, where he will meet with Governor Jindal and stay through the storm.
Additional details on times and locations for media availabilities are forthcoming.
We continue to remind Gulf Coast residents about the importance of taking precautionary measures to prepare for an emergency situation or evacuation as Gustav approaches our shores. The department’s Ready Campaign encourages citizens to get an emergency supply kit, make an emergency plan, and stay informed of instructions from local authorities. Please visit www.ready.gov for resources and information on personal and business emergency preparedness.