Emergency Operations

Below is an overview of emergency classifications and responses undertaken by the parish in the event of a qualifying emergency.

Unusual Event

An incident that is out of the ordinary but does not present a current threat to persons or property even in the immediate vicinity. The incident may have the potential to escalate to a more serious emergency but is not expected to do so. No protective action will be implemented and no emergency preparedness assistance should be needed.


An incident that does not affect the local or general population but has the potential to escalate to a more serious emergency. The situation is unresolved and should be monitored closely. Some limited protective actions may be implemented and additional assistance requested from the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Site Area Emergency

An emergency that either has already had some effect on the near-site population or is anticipated to do so. This classification would be used in situations where a limited number of people have been affected or a much larger number could possibly be affected. Protective actions would be implemented and emergency preparedness assistance would be necessary.

General Emergency

An emergency which has affected or will affect large portions of the parish population. This is the most severe of the emergency classifications, and protective actions for large numbers of people would be necessary. All emergency resources would be activated, and assistance would be requested from federal, state and local parish emergency response agencies as necessary.

Manmade Hazards Include
  • Waterford 3 nuclear plant
  • 20+ industrial facilities
  • Louis Armstrong International Airport
  • Five major railroads
  • Five major highways
  • Mississippi River (average of 134 vessels per day)
  • 500 miles of pipelines

Natural Hazards Include
  • Thunderstorms
  • Floods
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes

Protective Actions
Obligations on the Part of Industry
  • Notification
  • Classification of emergency action levels
  • Meteorological data
  • Recommended protective action
  • Technical adviser

Obligations on the Part of Government

  • EOC, communications and staff
  • Plans and procedures
  • Warning system, sirens, TV, emergency broadcasting system
  • Evacuations
  • Exercises and drills
  • Return and recovery


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