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Duval H. Arthur, Jr., Director
Courthouse Bldg, Rm 500
500 Main Street
Franklin, LA. 70538
337-828-4100 - Ext 135
 


Paul Naquin, Parish President
Courthouse Bldg, Rm 500
500 Main Street
Franklin, LA. 70538
337-828-4100 - Ext 500
Welcome to St. Mary Parish OHSEP
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WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATE FROM US NWS LAKE CHARLES 2/26/15  :


The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is forecasting two more cool
and dry days, before a warmer and stormy pattern sets up for Sunday
through Wednesday.


A light freeze is expected in east Texas and central Louisiana Friday and
Saturday morning. Sunday through Wednesday calls for scattered showers
and a few thunderstorms, with high temperatures in the 70s. No severe
storms are forecast, but there could be some foggy mornings, especially
along and south of the I-10 corridor to the coast and coastal waters.


After Thursday heading into next weekend looks like a cooler period again.

Roger

--
Roger Erickson
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service
Lake Charles, LA













  






















                                    







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On October 10, 2013: Flood stages at four forecast points along the Atchafalaya River will be changed to better reflect flood impacts along the reaches of the river served by these forecast points.

The National Weather Service will change the river flood criteria at four locations along the Atchafalaya River to better reflect the flood impacts at the following locations: Butte La Rose, Melville, Krotz Springs, and Morgan City.

Morgan City

 New CriteriaCurrent Criteria
Action Stage

4 Feet

4 Feet

Flood Stage

6 Feet

4 Feet

Moderate Flood Stage

7 Feet

7 Feet

Major Flood Stage

12 Feet

12 Feet


These changes in the flood criteria will allow emergency managers in Avoyelles, St. Mary,St. Martin, St. Landry, and Iberia parishes to better serve the communities that would
be impacted by flooding. These flood criteria reflect input from the leaders of these parishes,
along with first responders, and citizens.

Important: These changes will not affect flood insurance maps or flood insurance rates for these locations. This will only affect the watch and warning criteria at this locations .




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Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness



Go to this link for St Mary Parish School updates:



http://www.stmary.k12.la.us/




The ALERT FM app is now available for iPhone and Android devices.
Below are the links that go directly to the ALERT FM app.

iOS: http://imap.tv/2k
Android: goo.gl/qwQyU




 
Current Radar


CURRENT RADAR FROM THE US NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES


 
Weekly Weather Update
WEEKLY UPDATE FROM US NWS LAKE CHARLES 2/26/15:


The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is forecasting two more cool and
dry days, before a warmer and stormy pattern sets up for Sunday through
Wednesday.

A light freeze is expected in east Texas and central Louisiana Friday and Saturday
morning. Sunday through Wednesday calls for scattered showers and a few
thunderstorms, with high temperatures in the 70s. No severe storms are forecast,
but there could be some foggy mornings, especially along and south of the I-10
corridor to the coast and coastal waters.

After Thursday heading into next weekend looks like a cooler period again.

Roger

--
Roger Erickson
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service
Lake Charles, LA

 
Get Tech Ready

According to The American Red Cross, the internet - including online news sites and social media platforms - is the third most popular way for Americans to gather emergency information and let their loved ones know they are safe.
 
Through the use of everyday technology, individuals, families, responders and organizations can successfully prepare for, adapt to and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies and/or disasters. With effective planning, it is possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones and manage your financial affairs.

FEMA Text Messages

Use your cell phone’s text messaging capability to receive text message updates from FEMA (standard message and data rates apply).
Here are basic commands to get started:
  • To signup to receive monthly preparedness tips: text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • To unsubscribe (at any time): text STOP to 43362 (4FEMA)

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St . Mary Parish's
Emergency Notification
System
(link in upper right column)
Link to register your cell phones and email ONLY!!
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LANDLINE PHONES ARE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR
FIRST CALL ALERT SYSTEM!!!


 

 
Ebola Update



 
Please be advised, if you call St Mary Parish 911 or any other emergency service agency such as Police, Fire or Sheriff dispatchers in be prepared to answer a few more questions about your travel or illness symptoms.

This comes after a recommendation from DHH and GOHSEP,in the wake of the heightened concern about the Ebola virus. There are no reported cases in Louisiana; however, emergency personnel who come in contact with the public need to stay vigilant.

This is not to alarm anyone. We're just asking the public to be more patient if the 911 operators ask you a few more questions than normal.

Questions, particularly for those with showing signs of a fever, will pertain to areas of travel and if they display any symptoms of the virus, especially
fever.

In most instances you will be asked:

1. Do you have fever?

2. Are you a resident of – or have you traveled within the last 21 days to
a country where an EBOLA outbreak is occurring?

3. Have you been exposed to someone who is suspected or known to
have EBOLA?

Even though some may be skeptical on this disease spreading, we want
to take precautions for both our citizens and our emergency responders.

Please use the health precautions that have been set forth by the
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/qa.html
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Suspicious Activities
Suspicious Activity Reports/Tips
Report Suspicious Activity

Prompt and thorough reporting of suspicious activities may prevent a terrorist attack. When reporting suspicious activity, it is helpful to give the most accurate description possible of the situation, including:

Brief Description of the Activity
Date, Time and Location of the Activity
Physical Identifiers of the Person(s) Observed
Vehicle Descriptor Information
Where Any Suspicious Persons May Have Gone
Your Name and Contact Information (optional)

Tips for Reporting

Being aware of signs indicative of terrorist planning can aid law enforcement in the discovery of possible terrorist activity. If you believe you have information that would help authorities, you are encouraged to do the following:

Call 911 for Life Threatening Emergencies
Homeland Defense Hotline- 1-800-434-8007 (24 HOUR ASSISTANCE)
LSP Website - WWW.LSP.ORG (Click on Suspicious Activity Online Report to report any of the above mentioned incidents)
LA-SAFE Email - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

7 Signs of Terrorism

Certain activities, especially those at or near sensitive facilities, including government, military or other high profile sites or places where large numbers of people congregate, may indicate terrorist planning phases. Suspicious activities of interest that should be reported to law enforcement are commonly referred to as the 7 Signs of Terrorism.
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