Cities along the Gulf Coast are bracing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac, but officials in Lafayette haven't declared a parish-wide state of emergency.
Monday several briefings were held at the Lafayette Parish Emergency Operations Center. The command center is in the basement of the Lafayette Parish Courthouse.
The meetings were to discuss any type of potential threats to Lafayette Parish from Tropical Storm Isaac. The EOC is made up of several government agencies and first responders such as the fire and police department, as well as school officials.
The center is not fully activated, but officials meet to coordinate and share information about the storm and its possible impacts.
"It's interruptible communication. In any disaster the main thing that you have to have is communication. Without communication you cannot effectively manage the disaster so it's the 3 C's: Communication, Coordination, and Control. And that's what we doing out of this room."
Linda Lavergne, the assistant director for the Lafayette Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says if the storm stays on the its current path, there will be no need to declare a state of emergency.
The EOC meets twice daily and will likely hold two meetings Tuesday, one at 10 a.m. and another at 4 p.m.
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