Emergency Preparedness Info

Office of Emergency Preparedness Tangipahoa Parish (OEP) is responsible for the coordination of those actions needed to protect the lives and property of its’ residents when threatened from natural disasters, as well as man-made occurrences such as hazardous material incidents.

This coordination is possible through the development and constant updating of an Intergrated Emergency Operating Plan that effectively combines all Parish Department Operations along with those of other service agencies during emergencies. Hazards analysis, mitigation efforts, preparedness, response and recovery procedures for all the potential hazards that could threaten Tangipahoa Parish

The Office of Emergency Preparedness (formerly known as Civil Defense) operates from the Parish’s Emergency Operating Center (EOC). It is the primary site for direction and control of emergency operations. The EOC linked with the 911 Communications Center, Police, Fire, Medical, Sheriff, and all Parish Service Departments work together to form the Parish’s Emergency Team

Gordon Burgess, Parish President
John Ballard, Director
Carol New, Assistant Director

Tangipahoa Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness
Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse Annex
206 E. Mulberry St. Amite, La. 70422

Office of Emergency Preparedness
Telephone: (985) 748-9602
Tangipahoa Parish Government
Telephone: (985) 748-3211  Fax (985) 748-7050

What to Expect in a Evacuation Shelter
 Upon arriving at a shelter, Red Cross volunteers will register individuals and families. All registration information is confidential during and after your stay at the Shelter
2. During your stay at a Shelter, you may be called upon to assist an volunteer providing assistance yo your fellow shelter residents.
3. All shelters follow national standards of safety and management procedures which all residents are expected to follow while at the shelterWhat to Bring to a Evacuation Shelter
Bring a change of clothing and blanket for each family member. Games or Toys for children, books for adults. A list of family physicians, medical histories and prescription medications. A supply of water and non-perishable foods. Special items for infants and seniors


When officials recommend evacuation
Coordinate your departure with people who will be traveling with you. Notify an out-of-area person of your plans.
• Secure your home.
• Put your disaster supplies kit in your vehicle. Double check evacuation routes and leave 
Who Should Plan to Leave Early
• Residents of low-lying areas
• Persons living in manufactured housing
• Persons with special needs — including health or mobility related concerns 
Secure Your Home
• Turn off gas, water & electricity
• Board up windows
• Draw drapes across windows
• Brace garage doors
• Bring in outdoor furniture and other loose objects, anchor items you cannot bring inside
• Place boats on trailers, tie them down close to home and fill with water
• Lock all windows and doors
• Make arrangements for animals (most shelters do not allow pets)
Evacuation Tips
• Keep your vehicle in good repair with a full tank of fuel
• Check on friends and neighbors who may have special needs
• Prepare you disaster supplies kit now. Take it with you when you evacuate
• Secure you home quickly — evacuate when asked to do so
• Have an out-of-area point of contact whom family and friends can call to learn your evacuation plans
• If possible, take a CB Radio or cell phone with you. Use it only in emergencies.
• Monitor Emergency Alert Stations (EAS) for the latest news or information. 
Disaster Supplies Kit
• Can Opener
• 3-Day Supply of Non-Perishable Food
• Bedding or Sleeping Bags
• Fire Extinguisher
• Bleach (no lemon or other additives)
• Mosquito repellent
• Extra Prescription Medicine (or refill information)
• Baby food, diapers and formula
• First Aid Kit
• Water (gallon per person per day)
• Eating Utensils
• Tarp, Rope & Duct Tape
• Toiletries
• Toilet Paper
• Batter-Operated Radio
• Flashlights
• Extra Batteries
• Extra Keys
• Sunglasses
• Eyeglasses (or prescription)
• Hearing Aid or Other Special Items
• Important Papers including Insurance, Money, Checks or Credit Cards
• Name, Address and Telephone Number of Out-of-Area Contact Person


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