St. Bernard Parish Officials monitoring Tropical Weather
Residents/Businesses should review their Readiness plans

As we approach the peak of this hurricane season, we are monitoring Invest 99-L, a tropical disturbance that could potentially impact southeast U.S. and Gulf coasts next week. Although this system is currently disorganized, it may present a threat to St. Bernard, so we will continue to watch very closely.

We are urging all residents and businesses to get prepared, stay informed and develop a plan. Parish President Guy McInnis has activated his in-house Crisis Action Team to ensure that all necessary steps have been taken.

• Lake Borgne Basin Levee District will send out text notifications 48 hours in advance of closure of the locks. For more information on lock closures visit slfpae.com/closures.aspx.

• Sandbags are in stock and more being filled

• CAT is on standby and will continue to monitor eastern end tide ranges throughout the event until the threat has passed.

Stay Informed

As you know, St. Bernard Parish Government offers multiple ways to stay up-to-date on information. By visiting www.sbpg.net and going the Homeland Security Page, residents can sign up for alert notifications, which will send notifications about emergency situations including, but not limited to, evacuation information; chemical spills; shelter-in-place alerts; weather advisories; and, infrastructure issues. Residents can tailor the alerts to specific locations, types of alerts and on which devices they will be notified.

Residents may also get accurate, up-to-date information and safety tips by following St. Bernard Parish Government on www.facebook.com/StBGov.

Special Needs Registration

Please encourage anyone who requires special assistance during emergencies to enroll in the Parish’s Critical Transportation Program. The registry does not guarantee assistance, but allows first responders to appropriately plan for, prepare for and respond to community needs.

The Special Needs Registry includes all individuals, regardless of age, with a chronic condition, disability, special healthcare need, or who may require additional assistance during an emergency. These include those who:

• Use life support systems such as oxygen, respirator, ventilator, dialysis, pacemaker, or are insulin dependent;

• Have mobility disabilities and use a wheelchair, scooter, walker, cane, or other mobility device;

• Are visually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, or deaf;

• Have speech, cognitive, developmental or mental health disabilities; and,

• Use assistive animals or a prosthesis.

A family member, caregiver, or authorized representative can enroll an individual on their behalf. Residents may enroll in the Special Needs Registry by calling 504-278-4268 or by visiting www.sbpg.net and go the Homeland Security Page. Download the application and mail to: OHSEP, 8201 W. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, LA 70043.

In order for our Parish to be ready to respond, our community must also be ready to respond. Please make sure to get your plan together.

Personal/Business Readiness Plans

• Designate an out-of-town contact that household members can call if separated during an emergency. Ensure all family members memorize it.

• Choose a predetermined place to reunite if separated during an emergency. Have one near home and one outside your neighborhood. Your predetermined contact will help you decide and communicate which is best.

• Stock Up. Disasters can strike at any time and in many forms which may not require residents to evacuate, but would require them to shelter in place without power, running water or access to groceries. Gather supplies for what you'll need to weather events from chemical spills to Category 1 or 2 hurricanes.

• Practice alternate routes out. In a disaster roads may be blocked, or streets impassable. Each family member should know all possible exit routes from you home and your neighborhood.

• Know how you will evacuate in the case of a man-made or natural disaster, whether it be through contraflow in your own car, or locating the nearest Satellite Pick-up Point to where you can get transportation assistance out of town.

• Get your business ready to return. If you or someone you know is a business owner, apply for a re-entry placard in case of a mandatory evacuation. Make sure that the business has a business continuity plan, including where employees go in case of a mandatory evacuation. www.weather.gov
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Good Afternoon,

A strong tropical wave and associated broad area of low pressure is moving westward across the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. Reports from an Air Force Reconnaissance aircraft and surface observations indicate that the system still lacks a well-defined circulation, but it nevertheless is producing tropical-storm-force winds in squalls over the northernmost Leeward Islands and adjacent waters. Although upper-level winds are expected to be only marginally conducive for additional development, this system could become a tropical storm or tropical depression at any time during the next couple of days. Environmental conditions could become more conducive for development by the weekend when the system is near the central or northwestern Bahamas. Regardless of development, squalls to tropical storm force can be expected over portions of the northern Leeward Islands and the northern U.S. and British Virgin Islands this afternoon. Strong winds, heavy rains, and possible flash floods and mudslides are expected to occur over portions of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and the southeastern and central Bahamas during the next couple of days. Interests in the northwestern Bahamas and Florida should monitor the progress of this disturbance. Because of the large uncertainties regarding this system's development and future track, it is too early to speculate on what specific impacts might occur in the northwestern Bahamas, Florida or beyond.
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2016 Coastal Strategy Plan available on the Parish Website

The St. Bernard Parish Government Office of Coastal Affairs has added the 2016 Coastal Strategy Document to the parish’s website. The document has been approved by the Coastal Zone Management Advisory Committee and the St. Bernard Parish Council. To view the document, click on the link below. For more information on the Coastal Department visit www.sbpg.net and choose Coastal under the Department links.

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