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HURRICANE SEASON IS APPROACHING – HAVE A PERSONAL PLAN

HURRICANE SEASON IS APPROACHING – HAVE A PERSONAL PLAN

Joint Press Conference – Thursday, June 1st

 

With the start of Hurricane Season two weeks away Parish President Guy McInnis urges residents to have a personal plan.   Hurricane Season runs from June 1st thru November 30th and the parish has no shelter of last resort so residents should identify a safe place to go in the event of a storm.  St. Bernard Parish is doing their part to get ready.  St. Bernard Parish Government has generators at all parish facilities that have been tested and are fully operational.

The Lake Borgne Basin Levee District held operation/exercises at the three highways floodgates (Hwy 46, Hwy 300 (Bayou Road) and Hwy 39) and one railroad floodgate (Hwy 39).  The gates were opened and closed to ensure that the systems are functioning property in the event of an emergency.

The Office of Homeland Security will hold a Critical Transportation Needs (CTN) Exercise on Wednesday, May 24th at the Civic Center.  This program is designed to assist those in need of transportation during an evacuation and cannot self-evacuate due to lack of resources, transportation or medical conditions.

There will be a joint press conference on Thursday, June 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the Port of New Orleans.  President McInnis, parish presidents from the surrounding areas, Emergency Management Directors and other state agencies will participate in the press conference.

Here are a few tips for residents to follow:

Personal Readiness

  • Put together an emergency kit with a flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid supplies, basic tools, and extra car keys.
  • Take Inventory of your valuables, including approximate value and date purchased. Pictures or videos are great. Go to http://www.getagameplan.org/ for more formation.
  • Take photos and important documents with you such as mortgage and insurance papers.
  • Add your insurance company’s claims number to contacts on your cell phone.
  • Read and understand your homeowner and auto insurance policies, especially your deductibles. Talk to an agent to make sure you have the appropriate amount of insurance coverage to protect what matters most to you.
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed.
  • Clear drains, gutters and downspouts of debris to prevent drains from breaking during heavy rains and water flooding into your home.
  • Extend and re-direct the downspouts close to your home to move the water away.
  • If storms are forecast, secure lawn furniture and other objects that could be moved by strong winds.

Residents can sign up for Alerts where they would receive notification of severe weather notifications and other critical community alerts.  Residents can also sign up for assistance with evacuating.  Contact the Office of Homeland Security at (504) 278-4268 or online at www.sbpg.net, and then click on the Office of Homeland Security Logo.  Both of these programs can be found on the right side of the page.  Photos by Lenor Duplessis

Pictured are Lake Borgne Levee District Director Ryan Foster, Councilman Monty Montelongo, District Chief Eddie Estopinal and Parish President Guy McInnis at the closing of the Floodgate on Highway LA 46.  Photo by Lenor Duplessis

Bikeway and Pedestrian Draft Plan Meeting set for Thursday, May 18th at 6p.m.

St. Bernard Parish Government and the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) are currently conducting the St. Bernard Parish Bikeway & Pedestrian Plan Update.  The Plan Update is a study funded by the RPC focused on improving conditions for people walking and bicycling in the urbanized area of the Parish in order to make walking and bicycling safer and easier for residents and visitors. All interested parties are encouraged to attend a public meeting to review the Draft Plan.   The meeting will be held on Thursday May 18, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Council Chambers St. Bernard Parish Government Complex, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive Chalmette, LA

The purpose of the meeting is to solicit feedback from the public on the Draft Plan including maps of the proposed facilities. The public is invited to drop in at any time during the meeting’s scheduled time to review the information available, but there will be a short introductory presentation from 6:30 to 6:45.

Comments must be submitted within 7 days of the meeting by May 25, 2017.  Written comments may be submitted at the meeting, emailed to dfagan@sbpg.net, or mailed to the following address:

St. Bernard Parish Bikeway & Pedestrian Plan Update

c/o Deborah Jan Fagan, AICP Grants Coordinator Consultant

8201 W. Judge Perez Drive

Chalmette, LA 70043

 

 

St. Bernard Parish Leisure Program to host a Sock Hop during the Easter Break on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2017

CONTACT:
Lenor W. Duplessis
Public Information Officer
lduplessis@sbpg.net

Attention Parents/Chaperones!! Time for the Sock Hop has changed Starting time is 6:30 p.m. ending time is 9:30 p.m. SHARP!

St. Bernard Parish Recreation Leisure Program will host a Kid’s Sock Hop during the Easter Break on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. All children must be picked up before 9:30 p.m. The sock hop will be held at Val Riess Sports Complex / Hall of Fame Building, located at 1101 Magistrate Street in Chalmette (End of Palmisano). Children ages 9 – 13 can attend at a cost of $5.00 each.

Two Police Officers and Chaperones is always on site. There will be No in and Out!! NO DROP OFF- Parents/Chaperone must come in to sign in child(ren)and must have I.D. when picking up child(ren). As always, there will be a D.J. and extra fun. Pizza, drinks, candy and other concessions will be available along with NEW and EXCITING items such as glow rings, and glow batons and emoji’s.

V.I.P. Entrance with early registration. Do this by registering on Sportspilot.com, early registrants will receive a FREE fountain drink with no waiting in line with a special quick entrance. Go to the Will Call Table in front of the building to the left to get in quick!

The St. Bernard Leisure Program is a program that is here to help bring fun and excitement with new a creative ideas and classes for Children and Adults of St. Bernard Parish. If you have a special talent and would like to offer a class through the Leisure Program please contact Denise Montalbano, Leisure Coordinator at 504-278-4295 or email at dmontalbano@sbpg.net.

The St. Bernard Parish Office of Tourism Sponsors “The Best of Louisiana Outdoors”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT:
Lenor W. Duplessis
Public Information Officer
504-278-4331
lduplessis@sbpg.net

The 3rd Annual Best of Louisiana Outdoors (“BOLO”), presented by the Louisiana Bass Trail, is an online event offering outdoors enthusiasts the opportunity to vote for and recognize the people, products and services that significantly contributed to their experiences of the Louisiana outdoors— “Sportsman’s Paradise.”

The website—BestofLAoutdoors.com —serves as the platform for the three month event and is accepting Nominations through April 14. There are over 100 categories, including
“Best in Boating,” “Best Guides,” “Best Bait & Tackle,” “Best in Service and Retail,” “Best in Outdoors Arts & Media” and “Lagniappe.” The featured new categories are “Best in Photography and Video.”

Bruno Prager, co-founder of Best of the Louisiana Outdoors, describes the event as a great way to celebrate the great outdoors culture of Louisiana, while offering the community a fun way to support their trusted businesses and brands and a unique way for businesses to gain exposure.

“The more people and businesses who participate, the better. It’s a win-win for the outdoors community, for all the nominees and winners, and for the industry as a whole,” said Prager. “Last year it was great to see winners’ certificates framed on walls in offices and lodges, displayed at boat shows across the South and at headquarters of national brands around the country,” he said.

“’BOLO 2016’ ended with a total of 67,000 votes cast with twice the number of voters than the previous year. This year we expect those numbers to double again.” Prager notes that expectations around this year’s event are inspired by the endorsement and support of Louisiana Office of Tourism and tourism commissions around the state.

The winners of the 3rd Annual Best of the Louisiana Outdoors will be recognized via the BestofLAOutdoors.com, outdoors radio, social and print media and the awarding of the printed certificates and digital badges.

The online event continues through June and visitors who register on BestofLAOutdoors.com are being rewarded by an array of giveaways including charter fishing trips around the state, eco tours, cash awards and outdoors gear. Throughout the event, more than $8,000 in prizes will be given away in random drawings by the end of May.

Nominations, Voting and Giveaways are hosted on BestofLAOutdoors.com. Visit to register.

The latest prize giveaways can also be found on the BOLO Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/BestofLAOutdoors

ZIKA: The basics of the virus and how to protect against it.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       

March 16, 2017

 

CONTACT:                                                                              

Lenor W. Duplessis                                                                                    

Public Information Officer

lduplessis@sbpg.net

www.sbpg.net

www.Facebook.com/StBGov

 

ZIKA: The basics of the virus and how to protect against it.

St. Bernard Parish Office of Homeland Security wants residents to know the basics of ZIKA and how they can protect against it.  CDC recommends the following steps should be taken to prevent the mosquito population from growing:

  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers that have collected on your property.

  • Pay special attention to discarded tires. Stagnant water in tires is where many mosquitos breed.

  • Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.

  • Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. Stagnant water in a wading pool becomes a place for mosquitos to breed.

  • Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths. Both provide breeding habitats for domestic mosquitos.

  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use. Smaller containers will produce many more mosquitos than a pool will; therefore being diligent about the small breeding sites around your house will be more effective. Mosquitos may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers.

  • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitos may breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.

  • Please wear protective clothing and apply proper mosquito repellent when going outdoors.

For more information and tips visit https://www.cdc.gov/zika/fs-posters/index.html.

St. Bernard Parish Government is accepting applications to fill vacancies on volunteer boards and commissions:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT:                                                                              

Lenor W. Duplessis                                                             

Public Information Officer

504-278-4331

lduplessis@sbpg.net

St. Bernard Parish Government is accepting applications to fill vacancies on volunteer boards and commissions:

St. Bernard Parish Government is accepting applications for vacancies on the Planning Commission for the “District A” position.  The requirements for this position are as follows:

  1. A resident of St. Bernard Parish residing in Council District “A”.
  2. A registered voter of St. Bernard Parish

Applications are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., in the St. Bernard Parish Government Human Resources Department.  The St. Bernard Parish Government Complex building is located at 8201 West Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette, LA.

The Application Period is open from Wednesday, March 15, 2017 through Friday, April 7, 2017.  Please feel free to e-mail William McCartney with any questions at wmccartney@sbpg.net

St. Bernard Parish Recreation/Leisure Program to host a St. Patty’s Day Kids Sock Hop on Friday, March 17, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       

March 14, 2017

 

CONTACT:                                                                              

Lenor W. Duplessis                                                                                    

Public Information Officer

504-278-4331

lduplessis@sbpg.net

www.sbpg.net

www.Facebook.com/StBGov

 

 

St. Bernard Parish Recreation/Leisure Program to host a St. Patty’s Day Kids Sock Hop on Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Bernard Parish Recreation Leisure Program will host a Kid’s St. Patty’s Day Sock Hop on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  All children must be picked up at 10:00 p.m. SHARP!  The sock hop will be held at Val Riess Sports Complex / Hall of Fame Building, located at 1101 Magistrate Street in Chalmette (End of Palmisano).  Children ages 9 – 13 can attend at a cost of $5.00 each. Kids are encouraged to wear Green!

Police and Chaperones will be on site. No in and Out!! NO DROP OFF- Parents/Chaperone must come in to sign in and have I.D. when picking up child(ren).  As always, there will be a D.J. and extra fun.  Pizza, drinks, candy and other concessions will be available for an additional cost.

St. Bernard Leisure Program for the Children and Adults of St. Bernard Parish is in need of Volunteers. Interested persons should contact Denise Montalbano, Leisure Coordinator at 504-278-4295 or email at dmontalbano@sbpg.net

Early registration can be done by registering on Sportspilot.com, early registrants will receive a FREE fountain drink with no waiting in line. Go to Will Call Table in front of building to the left to get in quick!

ST. BERNARD RECREATION DEPARTMENT KICKS OFF 2017 SOCCER SEASON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 14, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT:                                                                              

Lenor W. Duplessis                                                             

Public Information Officer

504-278-4331

lduplessis@sbpg.net

ST. BERNARD RECREATION DEPARTMENT KICKS OFF 2017 SOCCER SEASON

St. Bernard Parish Recreation Department kicked off the 2017 Soccer Season with games this past weekend at Carolyn Park, Hannan and Kenilworth.  There are 710 children participating this season ranging from ages 4-14.  The teams consists of 5 year old boys, 6 year old boys, 7&8 boys, 9&10 boys, 5&6 girls, 7&8 girls and 9&10 girls.  The Co-ed teams are 4 year olds, 11&12 year olds and 13&14 year olds.  The soccer season ends April 8th with playoff games to follow.    Come out and support your Zones.

 

Rudy’s Redfish Series Returns to St. Bernard Parish

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 13, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT:                                                                              

Lenor W. Duplessis                                                             

Public Information Officer

504-278-4331

lduplessis@sbpg.net

Rudy’s Redfish Series Returns to St. Bernard Parish

WWL Radio Host, Don Dubuc, covered the live weigh-in of Rudy’s 1st stop of the 2017 pro redfish series. The three day event included at Captains Dinner hosted by the Meraux Foundation, boat launches from Hopedale Marina, and live coverage on the final weigh in by Don Dubuc.  Parish President McInnis along with other elected officials and community leaders spoke about fishing, coastal and environmental projects and tourism related events on the Don Dubuc Show.

First Place winners were Captain Jordan and Captain Escheat weighing in at 34.60. The St. Bernard Office of Tourism would like to thank all of the sponsors:  The St. Bernard Tourist Commission, St. Bernard Parish Government, The Meraux Foundation, the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Department, and Hopedale Marina.  For more information please visit www.redfishseries.com or www.visitstbernard.com