Statement By Homeland Security Spokesman Russ Knocke

Release Date: August 28, 2008

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will travel today to Baton Rouge where he will visit the Joint Field Office and meet with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Tropical Storm Gustav preparations. Yesterday, Secretary Chertoff spoke with Governor Jindal, U.S. Northern Command General Victor Renuart and American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern on federal activity in support of local efforts as Tropic Storm Gustav approaches the Gulf Coast.

The Secretary will also travel this afternoon to New Orleans, where he and Governor Jindal will visit the emergency operations center and discuss coordination and preparations with Mayor Ray Nagin. FEMA Administrator David Paulison is already in the region and will join the Secretary and local officials in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. 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 before Gustav approaches our shores. The department’s Ready Campaign encourages citizens to get an emergency supply kit, make an emergency plan, and to be informed about what to do if Tropical Storm Gustav gains strength, turns into a hurricane, and heads in their direction. Please visit for resources and information on personal and business emergency preparedness.

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