Hurricane Season runs from June 1st through November 30th.
With the start of Hurricane Season one week away Parish President Guy McInnis urges residents to have a personal plan. St. Bernard Parish has no shelter of last resort so residents should identify a safe place to go in the event of a storm.
The St. Bernard Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is currently monitoring the following system:
A broad, stationary surface low centered over the southeastern Yucatan Peninsula is gradually becoming better defined. Although showers and thunderstorms, along with gusty winds, are confined primarily to the adjacent waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea, gradual development of this system is expected during the next couple of days as it drifts northward near the Yucatan Peninsula. Environmental conditions are forecast to become more conducive for development through early next week, and a subtropical or tropical depression is likely to form by late Saturday over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is forecast over western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week. In addition, the threat of rip currents will steadily increase along the gulf coast from Florida westward to Louisiana over Memorial Day weekend.
Formation chance through 48 hours: Medium, 40 percent.
Formation chance through 5 days: High, 80 percent.
The Office of Homeland Security has a Critical Transportation Needs (CTN) Program designed to assist those in need of transportation during an evacuation and cannot self-evacuate due to lack of resources, transportation or medical conditions. To register for this program contact the office at 504-278-4268. A Critical Transportation Needs Exercise will be held on Wednesday, May 30th at 9:00 a.m. in the Sigur Civic Center Ballroom.
Residents can sign up for CODERED Alert System where they would receive notification of severe weather alerts and other critical community alerts. Residents can also sign up for assistance with evacuating. Contact the Office of Homeland Security at (504) 278-4268 or (504) 278-4322 or online at www.sbpg.net. Click on the Office of Homeland Security Logo.
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