Residents/Businesses should review their Readiness plans
We are in the third week of hurricane season and are monitoring a potential tropical cyclone development with Invest 93L, a tropical disturbance that could potentially impact the southern Gulf of Mexico. 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 and stay informed. Parish President Guy McInnis has activated his in-house Crisis Action Team (CAT) to ensure that all necessary steps are taken.
- Lake Borgne Basin Levee District will send out text notifications 48 hours in advance of lock closures. For more information on lock closures visit http://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.
Special Needs Registration
Please encourage anyone who requires special assistance during emergencies to enroll in the Parish’s Critical Transportation Needs Program.
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.
St. Bernard Parish Government offers multiple ways to stay up-to-date on information. By visiting www.sbpg.net and going to 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 Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StBGov.