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§730.3.  Evacuations and curfews

A.  When in the judgment of the parish president it is deemed necessary, during a disaster or state of emergency, he may issue an evacuation order for all or part of the parish.

B.  When in the judgment of the governor, it is deemed necessary during a disaster or state of emergency, he may order a forced evacuation order for one or more parishes or parts thereof if a forced evacuation is not issued by the parish president.

C.(1)  A voluntary evacuation order may be issued when the threat to lives is not yet imminent but conditions exist or such circumstances may exist in the near future.

(2)  Residents are advised to leave the area and relocate to safer locations for their own safety.  Personal discretion is allowed, but remaining is not advised.  Those with special evacuation needs or those with special transportation needs are particularly encouraged to leave as soon as possible after the order for the voluntary evacuation or advisory evacuation is issued.

(3)  Business owners are advised to take whatever precautions they deem necessary for protecting equipment or inventory and are strongly urged to suspend normal business operations and to release nonessential employees to evacuate or prepare for issuance of mandatory evacuation orders.  All private sector employees shall be deemed nonessential unless designated as essential workforce.

D.(1)  A mandatory evacuation order may be issued when danger is imminent and conditions exist that seriously imperil or endanger the lives of those in a defined area.

(2)  A person who refuses to comply with a mandatory evacuation order may remain in his home and not be forcibly removed from his home; however, all public services are suspended during a mandatory evacuation, and anyone failing to comply with a mandatory evacuation order may not be rescued or provided other lifesaving assistance.  During a hurricane, a person failing to comply with evacuation orders may not be rescued or provided other lifesaving assistance after the onset of and during tropical storm winds or higher at the Louisiana coast.

(3)  Exceptions to a mandatory evacuation are essential workforce or critical workforce.  Any nonessential person found traveling through the area will be subject to arrest or escorted out of and not permitted to reenter the area.

E.(1)  When a mandatory or forced evacuation is ordered, it shall be lifted, in whole or in part, only at such time as public services are available in the area and that area is opened for reentry as determined by the parish homeland security and emergency preparedness agency.

(2)  Once out of the evacuation area, no unauthorized person, including residents, shall be permitted to return until conditions permit and the evacuation order is lifted, and the area opened for reentry, as determined by the parish homeland security and emergency preparedness agency.

(3)  An unauthorized person found to be on the property of another or on a public street, place, or other public property shall be subject to arrest or forcible removal from the evacuation area.

F.  During a declared disaster or state of emergency, the parish president may in the proclamation for evacuation or a separate proclamation impose a curfew prohibiting anyone who is not designated as essential workforce or critical workforce to be on a public street or place.  The curfew may be for the entire parish or for certain areas of the parish, and the curfew may be for an unlimited period of time or may be for certain periods of time during each twenty-four-hour period.  The proclamation shall specify the geographical area or areas and the period during each twenty-four-hour period to which the curfew applies.  The proclamation imposing a curfew may regulate and close places of amusement and assembly, prohibit the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages, and regulate and control, subject to the provisions of R.S. 29:738, the possession, storage, display, sale, transport, and use of firearms and other dangerous weapons and ammunition.

G.  During a mandatory or forced evacuation, a twenty-four hour per day curfew shall automatically be imposed in the evacuation area prohibiting the presence on a public street or in a public place of anyone who is not designated as essential workforce or critical workforce until such curfew is lifted or amended by  the parish homeland security and emergency preparedness agency.

H.  Nothing in this Section shall prohibit the parish president from establishing a curfew or promulgating orders and regulations pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 14:329.6.

Acts 2008, No. 214, §1, eff. June 16, 2008.



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