DHS: 'expecting minimal amount of evacuuees' in Caddo-Bossier Parishes

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 6:49pm

The Department of Homeland Security held a press conference Monday at the Homeland Security Office detailing their vital roll in assisting Louisiana with sheltering Tropical Storm Isaac evacuees.

At around 3 p.m., Head of Caddo-Bossier Parish Homeland Security Sandy Davis told media members they are prepared to house an influx of evacuees in three different shelters across both parishes. The safe havens have a capacity of 4,100 beds and an additional 200 for special needs.

Davis says "depending on how the track of Tropical Storm Isaac approaches and hits the southeast Louisiana Coast, at this time, they are expecting a minimal amount of evacuees."

Michelle Davidson, the northern Louisiana Assistant Director of Red Cross, also says they are ready. The shelter opened Monday at 4 p.m. Even before they started taking evacuees, Red Cross has been receiving for phone calls for availability of cots at the Red Cross shelter on the LSUS campus of LSUS.

In total, 17,000 spaces are available in northern Louisiana.


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