The mission of the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is to serve the citizens of the Parish through effective planning for natural and man-made disasters. Our goal is to save lives and to protect property through the coordination of an integrated emergency management system with all emergency response organizations, support services and volunteers. We will be an advocate for greater community efforts, including educating the general public to mitigate and prepare for potential emergencies. We will support efforts to train and exercise emergency responders in both the public and private sectors. We will manage and coordinate efforts toward a rapid recovery from disasters with an effective disaster assistance program. This office will be the point of distribution of Homeland Security information and intelligence to agencies throughout the parish. We are committed to effective actions designed to prevent some disasters and to reduce the impact of those over which we have no control.
Shelter in Place (SIP)
WHAT TO DO IN A CHEMICAL EMERGENCY Who is CAER?
To better inform the community of a chemical emergency, the CAER Committee has installed a Community Siren Emergency Alerting System. This system has 26 sirens located in surrounding areas of the parish where CAER member chemical facilities are located. These sirens may be activated in the event of a chemical emergency that may affect the nearby community. These sirens can normally be heard within 2.5 miles of each chemical facility. Additionally, the Ascension Parish Telephone alerting system, First Call, can be activated to alert the public.
I HEAR THE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY ALERT SIREN. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
The Community Siren Emergency Altering System is tested each Monday at noon. IF YOU HEAR THE SIRENS AT ANY OTHER TIME, stay calm and immediately follow the steps to SHELTER-IN-PLACE.
Shelter-in-place is a precaution aimed to keep you and your family safe while you remain in your house, school, or business. This is not the same thing as going to an evacuation shelter in case of a storm. Shelter-in-Place means going to an interior room inside your house, school, or business.
STEP 1: GO INSIDE
Immediately, go inside a building such as your home, school, or office. If your children are at school or a daycare center, DO NOT attempt to pick up your children. The teachers are trained to protect your children and will follow the Shelter-in-Place procedures.
STEP 2: CLOSE ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS
Make sure you close and lock all doors and windows to help seal them off. You may also cover windows with plastic sheeting and seal cracks around the doors and windows with duct tape.
STEP 3: TURN OFF FANS, AIR CONDITIONERS AND HEATERS
Turn off attic and ceiling fans, heaters and air conditioners. Close all air vents and ventilation systems to prevent outside air from coming in to your home. If you have a fire place, check the damper and close it ONLY IF there is no fire in the fireplace.
STEP 4: TURN ON A RADIO AND/OR LOCAL CABLE TV
Turn on a radio to 1590 AM and any local cable TV station for further information or instructions regarding the chemical emergency.
STEP 5: STAY OFF THE PHONE
Do not use the telephone unless absolutely necessary because emergency personnel may call to give specific instructions on what to do.
STEP 6: STAY INSIDE UNTIL GIVEN THE ALL CLEAR
Stay inside until the “ALL CLEAR” siren is sounded. Stay tuned to the radio and/or cable television until the “ALL CLEAR” messaged is broadcasted. After the “ALL CLEAR” message is given, you may resume normal activities.
You may want to open all doors and window, and turn on ventilation systems to air out your home, school, or business.
Being prepared is the key to protecting yourself, your children and co-workers. Remember to regularly review and practice the shelter-in-place steps at your home, school and business.
For more information on Shelter-in-Place, the Community Alerting Emergency Alerting System, the CAER Committee and other related information visit: www.ascension-caer.org or contact one of the CAER members.
- Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER)
- LA Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (LAGOHSEP)
- American Red Cross (ARC)
- National Weather Service (NWS)
- National Hurricane Center
- US Federal Emegency Management Agency (FEMA)
- US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- State Tier II Reporting Requirements and Procedures
- Louisiana State Emergency Response Commission
- Louisiana State Police Emergency Services Unit (HAZMAT)
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
- Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know
- SARA Title III
- National Association of SARA Title III Program Officials
- HAZMAT Nation