August 27, 2021  |  10:38 am

As St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office prepares Friday for the approach of what is expected to be Hurricane Ida, Sheriff Randy Smith is asking for residents to do the same.
Sheriff Randy Smith met Friday morning with his executive staff in preparation for the storm, while members of the Operations Division mobilized high water rescue vehicles on both the east and west sides of the parish in preparation for rescue missions if needed. 
STPSO deputies will continue to patrol parish roadways until winds reach 40 miles per hour. At that point, for safety reasons, deputies will be brought indoors until the winds diminish to a safe level.
Sheriff Smith is asking all residents of St. Tammany Parish to take this time before the storm arrives to prepare for what is forecasted to be a major hurricane with heavy rains, potential flooding and strong winds. 
“Please don't wait until the storm arrives to make safety plans for yourself and your family. Do it now!” Sheriff Smith said.
Sheriff Smith and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office are dedicated to protecting life and property, but they need your help. 
Once the rains and winds start, please stay off the roads until this storm has passed. 
There will be water on some of our roadways. Do not try to drive through high water. 
If you need assistance call 911. There may also be live power lines and trees down across the parish. Please stay clear of any power lines you may see on the ground. 
Please monitor the Sheriff’s Office and Parish Government social media pages and well as local media, and stay sheltered until the threat of the storm over.