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|Emergency procedures announced for parish|
The Concordia Office of Homeland Security has offered the following tips on what to do in flood situations, according to Director Morris White:
Are you ready for a flood or a flash flood?
Here are ways you can prepare for such emergencies.
When flooding is predicted for your area:
-- Check TV and radio often for official bulletins.
-- Fuel car.
-- Check mobile home tie downs.
-- Adjust moorings on watercraft or move to safer shelter.
-- Stock up on canned provisions.
-- Check supplies of special medicines and drugs.
-- Check batteries for radio and flashlights.
-- Secure lawn furniture and other loose material outdoors.
-- Elevate lawn equipment and machinery.
-- Inventory flood protection supplies and equipment.
When a flood warning is issued:
-- Stay tuned to TV and radio for official bulletins.
-- Move valuables to upper floors or attic.
-- Raise appliances above predicted flood levels.
-- Bring in pets.
-- Fill containers with several days supply of drinking water.
-- Use the phone only for emergencies.
-- Implement a flood protection plan (sandbagging, wrapping, closing levee gaps).
Stay or leave:
When a flood threatens your area, you will have to make the decision to either evacuate or stay safely at home.
If local authorities recommend evacuation, you should leave!
If you decide to leave, follow this advice:
-- Leave early - in daylight if possible.
-- Shut off water and electricity at main station.
-- Take small valuables and papers, but travel light.
-- Provide for animals and pets that shelters will not take.
-- Lock your house.
-- Use recommended evacuation routes to carefully drive to safe shelter.
-- Avoid driving through standing or flowing water.
Concordia Parish Flood Evacuation Warning Levels
(Concordia as of April 6 was at level 1.)
Declaration of State Emergency
No action to be taken by the public at this time.
Suggested pre-planning for evacuation of homes/property.
Pre-packing of personal, irreplaceable property such as important papers, photographs, certificates.
Recommend Volunteer Evacuation
Removal of personal possessions.
Removal of cattle, farm equipment, industrial equipment.
Evacuees need to request cut-off of personal utilities.
(Notify Utility Companies).
Notify local authorities of personal evacuation, (so property can be
patrolled against vandalism). Recommend Hospital/Nursing Facilities/School
No livestock, farm equipment, industrial equipment will be allowed on highways until Mass Civilian evacuation has been executed.
Mandatory Hospital/Nursing Facilities/School Closure.
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