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:
- 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