Initiating Conditions During a Hurricane Threat: St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center

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The response to a tropical storm or hurricane shall be categorized according to the Four-Phase Emergency Classification System. The initiating conditions are as follows:
  • UNUSUAL EVENT: Issuance of a National Hurricane Center Advisory for a tropical storm or hurricane within the Atlantic Basin.
  • ALERT: Tropical depression, tropical storm or hurricane in which the National Hurricane Center’s forecast predicts tropical storm force winds reaching the central Gulf Coast between Destin, Fla. and Cameron, La. within 72 hours.

  • SITE AREA EMERGENCY: Tropical storm or hurricane in which the National Hurricane Center’s forecast predicts official landfall west of Destin, Fla. or east of Cameron, La. within the next 72 hours or Louisiana State Police has issued an official 50-hour notice.

  • GENERAL EMERGENCY: Hurricane in which the National Hurricane Center’s forecast predicts official landfall west of Pascagoula, Miss. or east of Morgan City, La. within the next 60 hours or the Louisiana State Police has issued an official 40-hour notice.