State officials watching Isaac

(National Weather Service)
(National Weather Service)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana officials on Friday activated an emergency planning team to monitor the movement of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The storm was in the Caribbean Sea though forecasters expect it to lift northwest into the Gulf of Mexico and eventually become a hurricane.

Kevin Davis, director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said Louisianians should check their stockpiles of supplies and inspect property for items that might have to be moved if the storm moves toward the state.

Davis said a GOHSEP crisis team will participate in briefings with the National Weather Service as well as officials of coastal parishes as the storm progresses.

Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain urged pet and livestock owners to prepare not only for themselves but also for their animals.

"If this storm threatens Louisiana and you live in a low-lying area where flooding could be a possibility, it is imperative you make arrangements ahead of time and know where you are going with those animals," Strain said. "You can't show up at just any shelter with a trailer full of horses or cows. Some shelters are not set up to accommodate animals, either pets or livestock."

Strain said if an evacuation is ordered animal owners should make sure they have proper identification for livestock, health records, several days' supply of feed, water, special medications, bridles or leads and kennels or crates for smaller, domestic animals.

Exotic pets, such as snakes and lizards, should be contained at all times and owners need to bring extension cords for plugging in heat rocks and lamps, Strain said.

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