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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
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 WEEKLY UPDATE FROM US NWS LAKE CHARLES 8/14/14:


The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is expecting one more cool
morning (Friday), before a warm up this weekend. Isolated showers and
thunderstorms will be possible this weekend.

Early next week will be hot and dry, before rain chances increase again
by next Thursday.

The tropics will be quiet in the Gulf of Mexico, but there could be a
tropical cyclone in the far tropical Atlantic next week.

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






TROPICAL UPDATE FROM US NWS LAKE CHARLES 8/20/14:

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is monitoring a cluster
of showers and thunderstorms east of the Windward Islands. This
system is slowly becoming better organized and could become a
tropical cyclone in the next day or two. NHC currently gives this system
a 50% chance of developing in the next 2 days and a 60% chance
in the next 5 days.

This system is not expected to be in the Gulf of Mexico through Monday.
Where it ends up beyond that, and how strong it will be, is highly
uncertain at this point. The best advice is to stay vigilant and be prepared.
Be careful with longer range weather models that can change significantly
from one day to the next.

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








UPDATE FROM NOAA NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER 8/20/14:


Here is the 2 p.m. EDT NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook:

Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an elongated area of low
pressure located several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands has become
a little better organized during the past few hours.

Additional slow development of this system is possible during the next day or two,
and a tropical depression could form as the system moves west-northwestward at
10 to 15 mph across the Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean Sea. After that time,
land interaction could limit the development potential over the weekend.

Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are
possible across portions of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin
Islands on Thursday night and Friday. Interests in those islands should closely
monitor the progress of this system.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate
this system tomorrow afternoon,


Get the latest on the tropics anytime by visiting the
NHC website at www.hurricanes.gov












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CURRENT RADAR FROM THE US NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES



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 Criteria

Current 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.








Have you developed your disaster plan? Start today. You never know when the
unexpected will happen. Be prepared; develop your emergency kit!

Ready.gov FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

 


goto 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

                     

 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.

Surveillance: Recording or monitoring activities. May include drawing diagrams,
note taking, use of cameras, binoculars or other vision-enhancing devices or
 possessing floor plans or blueprints of key facilities.

Elicitation: Attempts to obtain operation, security and personnel-related
 information regarding a key facility. May be made by mail, fax, e-mail,
telephone or in person.

Tests of Security: Attempts to measure reaction times to security breaches
or to penetrate physical security barriers or procedures in order to assess
strengths and weaknesses.

Acquiring Supplies: Attempts to improperly acquire items that could be used in
a terrorist act. May include the acquisition of explosives, weapons, harmful chemicals,
 flight manuals, law enforcement or military equipment, uniforms, identification badges
 or the equipment to manufacture false identification.

Suspicious Persons: Someone who does not appear to belong in a workplace,
neighborhood or business establishment due to their behavior, including
 unusual questions or statements they make.

Dry Runs/Trial Runs: Behavior that appears to be preparation for a terrorist
 act without actually committing the act. Activity could include mapping out routes
 and determining the timing of traffic lights and flow.

Deploying Assets: Placing people, equipment and supplies into position to
commit the act. This is the last opportunity to alert authorities before the terrorist
act occurs.
 


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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