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Post Date:July 11, 2018 12:51 PM

St. Charles Parish and the United Way of St. Charles have teamed up to mail the 2018 edition of the award-winning ‘Be Prepared’ hurricane brochure to all households in July as part of their #SCPStrong campaign.

“The United Way is always happy to help after damaging weather events like hurricanes, floods and heavy rains. This year we’re extremely excited to partner with the parish on their brochure as part of the preparedness effort to help residents before we are threatened by a storm,” said United Way of St. Charles Executive Director John Dias. “We can’t thank parish government enough for the opportunity to provide this extremely valuable proactive service to the residents of St. Charles Parish.”

This year’s revamped version of the brochure includes an additional page of information highlighting the organizations supported by the United Way of St. Charles that contribute to disaster preparedness, response and recovery during a hurricane.

Citizens can also find information on what items to bring during evacuations and what supplies to stock up on. The brochure also includes an evacuation map pointing out lesser-known highways and parish specific information on assisted evacuation. Protecting pets is also a focus.

Copies will 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 United Way of St. Charles sponsored the printing and delivery of the brochure.

“Any time we can team up with our great partners at the United Way you know it is going to be a win for the community,” said Emergency Preparedness Director Joe Ganote. “We are truly grateful for their support to reach our residents.”

Campaign extends beyond brochure

In addition to the brochure, the ‘SCPStrong’ campaign, inspired by the national campaign ‘HurricaneStrong’ includes social media posts geared specifically toward St. Charles Parish residents that began in May. All hurricane information and tips on social media will be shared using the hashtag #SCPStrong.

The parish’s updated hurricane preparedness website is live at and a video version of the brochure featuring Director Ganote is now airing on SCP-TV (Cox Channel 6, U-Verse 99).
Residents with special needs should call the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center at (985) 783-5050 to register with the parish in the event of an evacuation.

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 or Residents may sign up to receive e-newsletters on desired parish-related topics by visiting and emergency texts, e-mails and phone calls at


#SCPSTRONG: St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran (Left) and Emergency Preparedness Director Joe Ganote (center) provide an update on local conditions to reporters from ABC News during Tropical Storm Cindy in June of 2017.