Mayor partially activates emergency response system due to TS Harvey

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mayor Sharon Weston Broome tried to calm down the people of Baton Rouge Tuesday morning, while still assuring them that the city is prepared should the weather turn for the worse.

During a press conference, Broome said the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is partially activated. That means police, fire, and EMS personnel are standing by should an emergency arise.

Broome emphasized that she is not declaring a state of emergency.

"That type of declaration would be made in situations where we feel resources beyond the capacity of the parish would be needed," Broome said. "And we have not reached that status."

The mayor also said the city plans on using the FG Clarke Activity Center at Southern University as a shelter should any homeowners flood.

Baker Mayor Darnell Waites says his emergency crews are also on standby, and the city has sandbags available for their homeowners.

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