PARISH KICKING OFF HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS CAMPAIGN
SCPStrong campaign to include public meetings, brochure and social media
St. Charles Parish, LA - The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is launching a hurricane preparedness campaign for residents beginning in the month of May.
The SCPStrong campaign, inspired by the national campaign ‘HurricaneStrong’ will include public meetings, a mass mailing of the ‘Be Prepared’ brochure and social media posts geared specifically toward St. Charles Parish residents.
“The administration and the council are taking a proactive approach to the hurricanestrong theme by holding meetings across the parish,” said St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran. “Together with the council, we want to make sure that the message is loud and clear at these meetings: be prepared.”
The public meetings will provide residents with a 2017 hurricane season outlook, preparedness tips, copies of the parish’s ‘Be Prepared’ hurricane brochure and answers to questions.
“Our residents should preplan a safe route out of harm’s way as early as possible to avoid traffic jams which could cause unnecessary stress during a hurricane.” said Council Chairman Terrell Wilson.
The dates that have been set are as follows:
- 5:30 p.m. May 10, West Regional Library, 105 Lakewood Drive Luling LA 70070
- 5:30 p.m. May 11, Hahnville Fire Department, 169 Lincoln Street Hahnville LA 70057
- 5:30 p.m. May 16, East Regional Library, 160 West Campus Drive Destrehan 70047
- 5:30 p.m. May 18, Cypress Lakes Country Club, 10 Villere Drive Destrehan LA 70047
- 6:30 p.m. May 23, Norco Civic Association Building, 555 Good Hope Street, Norco LA 70079
- 5:30 p.m. May 31, Bayou Gauche Fire Station, 410 1st Street, Des Allemands 70030
- 9:30 a.m. July 19 Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Dufresne Parkway Luling LA 70070
In addition to the meetings, the Public Information Office is mailing a revamped version of the parish’s award-winning ‘Be Prepared’ hurricane brochure to all households in May. 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.
“It has been 11 years since the last major hurricane made landfall here in the U.S. (Hurricane Wilma),” said Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Joe Ganote. “It is our goal this year to combat any complacency that might have set in with our residents.”
The parish’s updated hurricane preparedness website is live at www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/hurricane.
All hurricane information and tips on social media will be shared using the #SCPStrong.
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.
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: The cover for the 2017 version of the 'Be Prepared' hurricane brochure which is set to mail in May.