Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, is asking residents to prepare for what could be several of the coldest nights the Parish has seen this Fall.
“Forecasters are predicting possible wind chills in the 20s and 30s Tuesday and temperatures in the low 20s Wednesday morning,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are advising everyone to plan for the forecasted weather and to protect people, especially the elderly, pipes, pets and plants.”
She went on to ask that residents should check on their elderly relatives and neighbors, make sure these folks have a reliable, and adequate heating systems. Tammany Utilities advises all residents that in the preparation for a possible hard freeze, residents should take the necessary precautions, like wrapping exposed pipes, to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially bursting.
The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reminds residents to use care when using portable natural gas, propane or butane heaters for warmth in areas of poor ventilation, as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. When using any portable heater beware of flammable surroundings.
The St. Tammany Community Action Agency 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 wellbeing of animals in their care, including bringing pets indoors and preventing water sources from freezing over for livestock.
To stay abreast of the weather forecast, please keep up with the National Weather Service here: www.weather.gov, and monitor local news outlets. Please follow St. Tammany Parish Government on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates as needed.