PARISH PROCLAIMS MAY AS FLOOD RISK AWARENESS MONTH
“Flood insurance is one of the most important issues in our parish and we all need to be in the know when it comes to it and flood protection,” said District VII Councilwoman Julia Fisher-Perrier “There are many moving parts to our situation but informing residents is at the forefront of the process.”
In May the parish’s Public Information Office, along with the Flood Aware Committee, will be reaching out to residents to raise awareness of flood risks and encouraging them to buy flood insurance. The following projects are scheduled to be part of the endeavor:
- St. Charles Parish Today – A special edition of the parish’s monthly talk show that will feature interviews with Coastal Zone Management staff, Councilmembers Julia Fisher-Perrier and Dick Gibbs (both licensed flood insurance agents) and an on-scene segment with the parish’s spill coordinator. The episode will air at 5 and 10 p.m. daily on SCP-TV (Cox Channel 6, U-Verse 99) during the month of May and will also be available on the parish website.
- Flood Prevention Brochure – The annual brochure that serves as a quick guide to flood prevention, safety and insurance. It is scheduled to mail to all residents.
- Be Prepared Hurricane Brochure – The annual 12-page booklet with hurricane preparation tips and evacuation and recovery information is being revamped to include two additional pages about flood insurance courtesy of FEMA. It is scheduled to mail to all residents. 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.
“When we formed the Flood Aware Committee, we made a commitment to raising awareness of flood risks in this parish,” said Public Information Officer Tristan Babin “These are just a month’s worth of projects in a year-long campaign in which we will do so.”
About the Flood Aware Committee
The Flood Aware Committee was formed in 2017 to compile a plan for public information that informs residents of local flood risks and promotes flood insurance coverage. The plan will be submitted to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for the Community Rating System. Under this system, St. Charles Parish is currently rated an eight. If the plan is approved, residents would see a 5% reduction in their flood insurance rates.
The Flood Aware committee is led by the Public Information Office and the parish’s coastal zone management team and includes stakeholders from the local chamber of commerce, industry, real estate, banks and nonprofits who meet quarterly.
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.
PICTURED: Councilman Dick Gibbs, Housing Specialist Courtney Saucier, Public Information Specialist Adrienne Bourgeios and Councilwoman Julia Fisher Perrier with the official proclamation.