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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 CODE RED ALERT SYSTEM 








TROPICAL STORM ERIKA UPDATE FROM US NWS LAKE CHARLES:
The National Weather Service in Lake Charles continues to monitor Tropical Storm Erika.
It is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later tonight or Saturday, due to the
mountainous region it will be traveling over in Hispaniola.

Erika could weaken further to a tropical wave, or strengthen to a tropical storm on Sunday.
The intensity forecast is highly dependent on the length of time over the islands and
the strong wind shear.

Weak systems like Erika have a history of changing forecast tracks and intensity due
to relocation of the center of circulation. Therefore, it would be prudent to continue
to monitor updates on Erika's forecast through the weekend.

Roger


--

Roger Erickson

Warning Coordination Meteorologist

National Weather Service

Lake Charles, LA













WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATE FROM US NWS LAKE CHARLES 08/27/15:

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is expecting cool, dry weather
through Saturday, before temperatures warm up and daily scattered showers
and thunderstorms come back next week.

In the tropics, Tropical Storm Erika is having a difficult time maintaining her
strength, and this could continue for the next day or two as she crosses
Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. This system could weaken to a tropical wave,
or strengthen to a hurricane by next week and threaten the east coast of
the US. Due to the low level of forecast confidence with Erika, everyone
should monitor the daily forecast through the weekend.

Roger

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


































[Image of 5-day forecast of predicted track, and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]








First Responders & Emergency officials attending 2015 Pipeline Association of
Louisiana Safety Training. Presentations was made by LA One Call 811, remember
to call before you dig. It's the LAW...





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 08/27/15:

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is expecting cool, dry weather
through Saturday, before temperatures warm up and daily scattered showers
and thunderstorms come back next week.

In the tropics, Tropical Storm Erika is having a difficult time maintaining her
strength, and this could continue for the next day or two as she crosses
Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. This system could weaken to a tropical wave,
or strengthen to a hurricane by next week and threaten the east coast of
the US. Due to the low level of forecast confidence with Erika, everyone should
monitor the daily forecast through the weekend.

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)

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:
St . Mary Parish's
Emergency Notification
System

https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/EE6068DD11C4


Link to register your cell phones and email ONLY!!
PLEASE NOTE:  HOME AND OFFICE

LANDLINE PHONES ARE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR
FIRST CALL ALERT SYSTEM!!!


 

 
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