HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS TAKES ST. CHARLES PARISH BY STORM
Parish's efforts include exercises, video, brochure, website and social media
“It would take more than a hurricane to destroy the relationships we have here in St. Charles Parish” said Emergency Preparedness Director Joe Ganote at the parish’s Hurricane Summit on May 31 at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center in Luling.
The morning’s keynote speakers included: Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness James Waskom who provided the state’s insight and WVUE Fox 8 Chief Meteorologist David Bernard who emphasized the use of social media during a storm and the importance of messaging for the public.
“Don’t try to forecast the unforecastable,” said Bernard during his presentation. “Especially if you are in emergency management or a public official you want to feel like you’re giving your residents the most information as possible… but giving them bad information is even worse than giving them no information.”
In addition to the Hurricane Summit, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness hosted a Community Hurricane Exercise for home health and nursing homes at the Edward A. Dufresne Community center on May 24 and conducted an exercise to transform the center itself into a mock shelter for the public on May 31.
The Public Information Office, with the help of the United Way of St. Charles, is mailing a revamped version of the parish’s award-winning ‘Be Prepared’ hurricane brochure to all households this summer. Copies will also be available in the lobby of the courthouse in Hahnville. The information is presented in a cut-and-post format so families can separate information important to them to post on a refrigerator or home message board.
The parish’s updated hurricane preparedness website is live at stcharlesparish-la.gov/hurricane and features an online version of not only the parish brochure, but access to the state’s “Get a Game Plan” website and brochure.
Hurricane information and tips will be shared using the #SCPStrong hashtag on parish social media outlets for the remainder of the season and the video version of the parish’s guide is now airing on SCP-TV (Cox Channel 6, U-Verse 99)
The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.
For more information on parish activities, visit www.stcharlesparish-la.gov, www.facebook.com/stcharlesgov or www.twitter.com/stcharlesgov. Residents may sign up to receive e-newsletters on desired parish-related topics by visiting www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/enews and emergency texts, e-mails and phone calls at www.scpemergencyalerts.com.
CAPTION: WVUE Fox 8 Chief Meteorologist David Bernard addresses local and state officials and emergency responders at the parish's Hurricane Summit on May 31 in Luling.