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Vicki TravisHomeland Security Deputy Director

Office Phone:  985-748-3211

Fax: 985-748-7050

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Tangipahoa Emergency Management

Are you ready for an emergency?   Click below to find out.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.





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June 1st is the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.  Although the predictions for this season are low.  Keep in mind that it ONLY TAKES ONE hurricane to make for a bad season.  Tangipahoa Parish Government and its Office of Homeland Security are working hard to ensure that you you are as well informed and prepared as possible before the season starts.  We encourage you to take this pre-season time to GET A GAME PLAN as to what you and your family will do, what you will need and preparations that need to be made so that you don't become a victim.  Now is the time to get those generators serviced, get the propane tanks filled for your grills, make sure that the flashlights work and that you have spare batteries for them, etc..  Emergency Preparedness is really common sense... If you think you will need it, GET IT!  We have emergency preparedness guides available for FREE that have a wealth of information.  These can be picked up at our office at 206 East Mulberry St. in Amite.  The old military saying "The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat".  Lets make sure that together, we are as prepared as possible for this hurricane season.  

Looking for a place to serve your community? 

We invite you to become a part of an exciting team of volunteers right here in your own community. 

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is made up of volunteers just like you.  

The training is FREE! 

Training includes Introduction to CERT, Disaster Physiology, Terrorism Awareness, Basic Fire Suppression, Light Search and Rescue, Medical Trige and First Aid - CPR. 

Think about it, what better way to give back to your community, just by giving up a few hours to serve in such a great organization by becoming a CERT member.  

Please share this exciting information with your friends, co-workers, and congregations...   

Classes for 2015 are still undetermined at this time. Check back for more updates.

To register CLICK HERE or call Vicki Travis (Tangipahoa OEP Office) @ 985-748-3211 / email:


Tangipahoa Parish 9-1-1 officially launch the parish's new Smart911.

Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens to create a Safety Profile for their household that can include any information they may want 9-1-1 call takers and first responders to have in the event of an emergency.  

Once enrolled, residents who use the Smart911 program when they call 9-1-1 will have their Safety Profile automatically display on the call taker’s screen, saving critical seconds and even minutes in response to the emergency.

This free service is now available to all citizens in Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes on line at


Download the Alert FM app for FREE

Download from  Apple App Store or Google Play Store for FREE

Functions like a weather radio, but with unique local alerts from emergency officials.  These alerts and messages could include NWS severe weather warnings, homeland security notices, hurricane evacuation instructions, Amber Alerts, or school closings. The emergency information is sent out by federal, state, or local government agencies or by companies wishing to distribute information.

Presidents Message


“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

Gordon BurgessThe Tangipahoa Parish Governmental departments and agencies have prepared this online resource center to tell you what action to take if there is an emergency in your home, neighborhood, or the parish.  Although we do not like to anticipate a disaster, we need to be prepared.  The primary purpose of this Online Resource Center and downloadable Storm Survival Guide© is to help save lives and property.  These resources provide individuals and families with information and guidance on what can be done to enhance survival in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.


I, as Tangipahoa Parish President, ask you to please take the time to read the information provided and make sure that every member of your family understands what it says.  Talk about the information with your friends and neighbors as well as members of the Tangipahoa Parish public service agencies, such as the Tangipahoa Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, your local fire departments, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and any medical personnel.  You can print the complete Tangipahoa Parish Storm Survival Guide by clicking HERE. (Easy to follow printing instructions are given.)  Keep this guide in a handy place.  Hard copies of this guide are available from your local public libraries throughout the parish.

Disaster and emergencies affecting the parish can sometimes develop quickly with little or no advance warning.  In the event of a disaster, being unprepared and uninformed may jeopardize the welfare of you and your family and/or home.

Gordon A. Burgess
Parish President

Bring T-Gator to your school

The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LOHSEP) has developed a program called “Get a Game Plan” to reach Louisiana citizens, businesses, and even our children, to help us be prepared in the event of an emergency.

GOHSEP has reached out to each parish with an active Citizen Corps program, and Tangipahoa Parish is included.  The Tangipahoa Parish Citizen Corps is presenting a children’s version of the “Get a Game Plan” program to schools in the parish, with T-Gator as the mascot.  Any school may request the program, which has been a big hit so far.  The organization has made presentations at Independence Head Start, Holy Ghost Catholic School, and the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation luncheon.

 For more information or to request the program at your school, please contact Vickie Travis at (985) 748-3211.