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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
**** GET A GAME PLAN & ALWAYS BE READY *****
GOTO LINKS ON RIGHT SIDE OF PAGE & REGISTER CELL PHONES FOR FIRST CALL ALERT SYSTEM 







WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATE FROM US NWS LAKE CHARLES 07/02/15:

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is expecting one more dry
day on Friday, before rain returns to the forecast on Saturday July 4th.
There will be scattered showers and thunderstorms across the region
during the day on Saturday, but most of the activity will be weakening
and dissipating in the early evening hours. There is a small chance that
some of these storms could be strong, capable of producing gusty winds
and deadly lightning.


After low rain chances on Sunday, next week looks to be hot and dry.
Heat will be the main concern - as maximum afternoon heat indices will
go back up to the 100 to 105 F range, just a little below the threshold
for excessive heat advisories.


The tropics will be quiet for the next week in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean,
and Atlantic Ocean.


Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

Roger

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








































Congratulations Duval Arthur, Director St. Mary Parish OHSEP on receiving
Outstanding Citizen/Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by
The Rotary Club of Morgan City! Well Deserved : ))
















ST MARY PARISH HURRICANE GUIDES ARE LOCATED IN THE LOBBY OF THE ST MARY PARISH

COURTHOUSE BUILDING LOBBY OR ROOM 111 OR 112, 1ST FLOOR.  YOU MAY ALSO DOWNLOAD
LA GOHSEP HURRICANE GUIDE AT THE FOLLOWING LINK:

http://gohsep.la.gov/evacinfo/Emergency_Guide_v46b_7-1_4p.pdf
  


                                    









Special thanks to the Port of Morgan City for hosting Public Meeting - 2015 Hurricane Season
Preparedness.  The 10 Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and Rita, The Impacts, Lessons
Learned, Improving Our Preparedness Today May 5th at the Morgan City Auditorium with
Congressman Charles Boustany, Port of Morgan City, National Weather Service, NOAA &
St Mary Parish Government Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness.
Hurricane Season begins June 1st and goes thru November 30th.  Always have a
Game Plan for any emergency....


































FOR ROAD CLOSURES PLEASE GOTO THE LINK BELOW:

http://lb.511la.org/lalb/



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 .




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



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 WEATHER UPDATE FROM US NWS LAKE CHARLES 7/02/15:


The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is expecting one more dry
day on Friday, before rain returns to the forecast on Saturday July 4th.
There will be scattered showers and thunderstorms across the region
during the day on Saturday, but most of the activity will be weakening
and dissipating in the early evening hours. There is a small chance that
some of these storms could be strong, capable of producing gusty winds
and deadly lightning.


After low rain chances on Sunday, next week looks to be hot and dry.
Heat will be the main concern - as maximum afternoon heat indices will
go back up to the 100 to 105 F range, just a little below the threshold
for excessive heat advisories.


The tropics will be quiet for the next week in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean,
and Atlantic Ocean.


Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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)

FirstCallHeader
PLEASE CLICK ON
St . Mary Parish's
Emergency Notification
System
(link in upper right column)
Link to register your cell phones and email ONLY!!
PLEASE NOTE:  HOME AND OFFICE

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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