Posted: Sep 2, 2011 3:48 PM by AP
* A reminder today from the Attorney General that Louisiana price gouging laws are in effect following the state of emergency declaration from Governor Bobby Jindal in response to the imminent threat of Tropical Depression 13. Price gouging occurs when a seller prices merchandise much higher than is reasonable or fair. The price gouging statute prohibits the raising of prices above the pre-emergency levels unless there is a national or regional market commodity shortage. This means that gasoline, petroleum products, hotels, motels, and retailers are prohibited from raising prices during this state of emergency unless they incur a spike in the price of doing business. The price gouging laws carry both civil and criminal penalties. The state of emergency extends from Thursday, September 1, through Friday, September 30, 2011, unless terminated sooner. If you suspect price gouging, please contact the Louisiana Attorney General's Office at 800-351-4889, or visit www.agbuddycaldwell.com for more information.
* Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., is asking agricultural producers, cattlemen and livestock owners in coastal areas to take precautionary steps to protect equipment and livestock against flooding.
o FOR CATTLE:
* Get cattle to the highest ground on your property that can allow access to trailers and vehicles if animals need to be moved.
* Valuable breeding stock should be identified and moved in accordance with owner's evacuation plan. Those animals should be kept closer to the homestead for easier transport.
* Ideally, cattle and equine trailers should be in good working order. Check your tail lights and tires and repair or replace them if necessary and possibl
* If you shelter in place, be sure to have a three to five day supply of water and hay for cattle.
* If a large group of cattle is to be moved, it's important that each herd member is properly identified with brands, microchips or ear tags. Identify the ultimate evacuation location for livestock.
* Plan to carry at least five days of food for your animals on livestock transports, especially if the animals require a specially formulated diet.
* Compile a record of mechanical inventory left behind and bring with you.
* Have photographs taken of your equipment and have copies with you; photograph your expensive saddles and bridles and other tack. The more documentation you have proving you own this property the better.
o FOR HORSES
* Horses must have a permanent identification, whether it be microchip, brand or lip tattoo.
* Owners should bring all identification papers if evacuation is necessary along with a copy of the horse's current Coggins test record. It is extremely important to have the Coggins test record.
* Owners should also carry recent photographs of their horses (including identifying marks or scars) with them if forced to evacuate.
* CenterPoint Energy tips for natural gas
o DO NOT to turn off natural gas at the meter. The gas meter should be left on to maintain proper pressure in the gas piping within the house and to prevent water from entering the lines should flooding occur.
o If a customer does wish to discontinue gas service, turn off the gas at each appliance. Later, to restore gas service to an appliance, it is only necessary to follow the written instructions located on the appliance for relighting. If unable to locate instructions, call a qualified plumber.
o *Though CenterPoint Energy's gas lines are buried underground and are not normally affected by strong winds, high water or other abnormal weather conditions, the company is fully prepared to respond to any emergency situation that might arise during a hurricane.
o To report natural gas emergencies, call 888-876-5786.