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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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This is only a preliminary application and does not constitute a guarantee that funding will be provided or that a grant will be approved.

Tangipahoa Parish President, Robby Miller, would like to encourage flood victims interested in elevating their residence to fill out a preliminary application.
The parish would like to have these applications on file should we receive Hazard Mitigation Funds from FEMA in the future.  These grants typically require a cost share from the homeowner.  The time required to get these projects funded can be lengthy; however, collecting this information is vital towards the recovery process during a disaster.
If you have any questions, you can contact the Tangipahoa Parish Permit Office. 985-542-2117.

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Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller is encouraging residents in low-lying areas on the south end of Tangipahoa Parish to seek higher ground as flood waters from the neighboring rivers and steams continue to rise.

Miller is calling for a voluntary evacuation of areas south of US 190 in Hammond from Airport Road east to the St. Tammany Parish line.

Miller said property located in low-lying portions of this area have already experienced flooding. He said additional water is expected in these areas, as well as adjacent properties.

Officials are particularly concerned about rising waters along the Tangipahoa River and its tributaries, including the Big Branch area.

“We have daylight. We have a break in the rain. If you think you may need to leave, now is the time to do so,” Miller said.

Parish leaders said emergency responders are particularly concerned about rising waters in neighborhoods where residents may be bed bound. Miller said local emergency crews are saying that if flood waters rise, these residents may become trapped in their homes, and ambulances and emergency vehicles will not be able to reach them.

Currently, high water is receding in areas along the north end of the parish. The Tangipahoa River is forecast to crest around midnight at 25.5 feet or higher.

Miller said in the midst of this disaster, he remains encouraged by the dedication and generosity of our citizens.

“I cannot sufficiently commend the dedication and hard work of our Sheriff’s office, local police and fire departments, our 9-1-1 Center dispatchers, EMS, State Police, and all of our volunteer first responders, who have literally worked around the clock since the onset of this storm. You are an inspiration to us all, and we cannot thank you for the job you are doing in our parish,” Miller said.

“I also want to thank our citizens, who have shown courage and personal strength in this storm,” Miller said. “Whether it was simply reaching out to check on a neighbor or in many cases, stepping up to help remove debris, sharing your resources, or volunteering to help those who have experienced tremendous loss, I sincerely thank you for your kindness and generosity in this trying situation. I am so proud to be a part of this community, and I thank you for continuing to pull together to help one another. We will get through this."

PLEASE DO NOT GO AROUND BARRICADES!!

 

B Alford Road

Fletcher Loop Road

Floyd Lavigne Road

Landry Lane

Riverwood Dr.

Singing Waterfall Rd.

Traino Boat Landing

LA 1054 btw LA 10 and LA 1058 (by Chesbrough School-Section of bridge washed out)

LA 443 Tangipahoa River Bridge/Morris Road (bridge is out)

LA 1061 at LA 1054 (by Springcreek Church) - approach to bridge washed out

LA 38 2.5 miles E of LA 1054 - culvert washed out

LA 1063 between I-55 and George Road - washe out under pavement

LA 442 West of LA 40/443 to Cook Road - pipe washed out

Contact: Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller (985) 748-3211

 AMITE---In anticipation of a potentially severe weather event scheduled to reach our area late Thursday, Tangipahoa Parish Government is taking proactive measures to minimize storm-related damage, and Parish President Robby Miller is asking the public to help #TeamTangipahoa safely get through this storm.

Miller says parish crews have been cleaning ditches and catch-basins in flood-prone areas to minimize what are expected to be flooding rains over the next 48 hours. Consolidated Gravity Drainage District #1 personnel have also been working all week to prepare the parish's major laterals for potential flooding. Parish and Drainage District #1 personnel are also on 24 hour standby to respond as needed.

 "Starting as early as this evening, the National Weather Service is predicting storms with the possibility of producing widespread flooding, the potential for power outages, damaging straight-line winds, and the possibility of isolated tornado activity in our area," Miller announced. "Knowing this threat, our parish workers are executing our storm response plan, and we are taking advance steps to be prepared."

Miller asks that the public join parish offices to "Get a Game Plan" and take precautions in advance of the storm's arrival.

 "We are asking the public to check their own culverts and remove leaves, tree limbs, and any other debris that may hinder water from flowing through ditches," Miller said, encouraging particular attention in low-lying and known flood-prone areas.

Officials are also asking residents to secure loose items in their yards and driveways, such as patio furniture, lawn tools, and trash cans. Miller said these items could become projectiles in heavy wind events. Miller also suggested that residents flip over trampolines to lay them flat before the storm arrives.

Parish officials are in close contact with Mississippi Emergency Management, coordinating efforts with our neighbors to the north. Miller said he has also confirmed the upgrades to the levee at Lake Tangipahoa in Pike County are completed. It should not pose a threat to our area.

 Parish offices are open and operating on regular schedule at this time, Miller said. The parish landfill will remain open for normal hours. "All parish personnel are on standby," Miller said.

The parish will post updates through their Facebook page throughout the storm. Miller advised the public to stay tuned to local media for storm warnings and updates.

Sandbags are available today until 6 p.m. and again Friday starting at 6 a.m. at the TPG Road offices on Pleasant Ridge Road in Hammond and at the parish maintenance shop in Roseland and until 3pm at the Drainage District#1 shop on Hwy 51 south of Tickfaw. Sandbags will be distributed with a limit of 15 bags per resident, 25 per business.

Tangipahoa Parish President

Robby Miller

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: vtravis@tangipahoa.org

 

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 www.smart911.com.

 

No Curfew

The curfew for Tangipahoa has been lifted.

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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.