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WEEKLY UPDATE FROM US NWS LAKE CHARLES 12/19/14:
The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is expecting showers and
thunderstorms to increase in coverage along the coast, and move inland
overnight across southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana. During
the day on Friday, the activity will be centered more on east Texas and
central Louisiana, before moving off to the east late Friday night. As
much as one to four inches of rain is expected. There is only a marginal
(5%) risk for storms to become severe on Friday, along and south of
the I-10 corridor. Due to the southerly winds, tides will run a foot above
normal tonight and Friday, before the winds shift to out of the north
Most of the weekend will be cool and dry, waiting on the next cold front
passage on Tuesday.
The early look for Christmas Day is dry, cool in the morning and seasonably
warm in the afternoon.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service
Lake Charles, LA
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
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
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
Ebola Emergency Response Meeting, Oct. 28, 2014
"What We Know About Ebola?" & "Fears and Concerns of Ebola"
with St Mary Parish Police, Fire & Sheriff Departments First
Responders, EMS, Funeral Directors, Home Health & Hospice Agencies,
Hospitals, School Board & Coroner's Office etc...
Thank you all for attending! presentations by Dr. Tina Stefanski with
State Reg 3 & 4 Office of Public Health & Dr. Francis "Chip" Metz,
Coroner of St Mary Parish along with Duval Arthur, St Mary Parish
OHSEP Director. Also in attendance was Lee John, GOHSEP Region 4
Director & Kayla Guerrero, Office of Public Health Region 3, Emergency
Preparedness Coordianator — at Patterson Civic Center.
FOR ROAD CLOSURES PLEASE GOTO THE LINK BELOW:
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.
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:
The ALERT FM app is now available for iPhone and Android devices.
Below are the links that go directly to the ALERT FM app.
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 -
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
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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