Belle Chasse, LA – Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness continues to urge parish residents to prepare for severe weather expected to impact the parish beginning Friday evening. The National Weather Service (NWS) officials say all factors expected to cause this significant weather event have developed. Many problems could develop overnight. Weather experts are strongly encouraging everyone to have devices powered on and turned up loud enough to wake you up in order to receive emergency alerts from the NWS and parish emergency’s official media platforms.
Designate a safe spot in your home where you and your family will take cover during severe weather. This would be an interior room or hallway on the lowest level. Stay away from windows. The best place to be is a bathroom in the middle of the ground floor. The plumbing provides additional protection around the walls.
Parish officials will analyze and process any requests for support. State agencies and GOHSEP’s regional coordinators, will work with local officials potentially impacted by the storms and provide situational reports to the state emergency operations staff.
“Stay alert and keep your phones charged. When severe weather happens during the overnight hours it is historically more dangerous. It is easy to be unaware of damages due to darkness. Please monitor our parish media and local media” says Patrick Harvey, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Parish officials report that all pumping stations are manned and operational.
Find more tips on weather and preparedness on Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness/Plaquemines Parish Government Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by registering through the Everbridge link, located at Plaqueminesparish.com. It is free.