Belle Chasse, LA, March 3, 2016 – Plaquemines Parish hosted the Urban Area Security Initiative’s 2016 Hurricane Coordination Meeting, Tuesday March 1st; at the Belle Chasse Auditorium. Representatives from the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), Plaquemines Parish, Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish and St. Bernard Parish; along with The National Weather Service, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers gave presentations to numerous local, state and federal partners about the Region’s preparations for the upcoming Hurricane Season.
President Amos Cormier and James Waskom Director of Louisiana (GOHSEP) provided opening remarks to the group. The newly appointed Plaquemines Director of Homeland Security, Patrick Harvey described the Parish’s evacuation and non-evacuation response for a tropical event.
Mr. Harvey said, “It is never too early for our citizens to develop an emergency evacuation plan for their families and pets. We encourage our residents with special needs to pre- register with the PPG Heath Department by calling 504-934-6690. In the upcoming weeks we will share with the State our new pet evacuation plan currently being coordinated with PAWS.”
Transportation can be a challenge for some residents, especially during a mandatory evacuation. Mr. Harvey said, “PPG will provide transportation for those who are in need during a mandatory evacuation. Our Parish has an agreement with the City of West Monroe, LA to be our point to point place of refuge.”
The severe weather Southeast Louisiana experienced on February 23, 2016 exhibited the importance of receiving up to the minute weather updates. Citizens can sign up at www.plaqueminesparish.com for our “Plaquemines Parish Emergency Notification System”. By registering with our emergency notification center you will receive text messages to your phone, which will warn you of an emergency in your area. Now is the time to think of your plan for your loved ones, and pets before hurricane season begins June 1, 2016.