News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 9 February 2017 As of 3:00 pm
Posted: 2/10/2017 8:16:26 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

9 February 2017

As of 3:00 pm


State EOC Activation Level: Level III

WebEOC Incident Name: 17-008 Severe Wx — Statewide — Feb07

State Declaration Proclamation 17 JBE 2017 State of Emergency – Severe Weather



Situation: Multiple tornadoes spawned from the severe weather that moved across the state on Tuesday February 7th. Heavily affected areas include parts of Livingston, St. James, Ascension, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Jefferson, and Orleans Parishes. National Weather Service has been assessing the amount, intensity, and paths of tornadoes in this outbreak.



***All updates to this report will be in red text***





·       GOHSEP is activated to a Level III

·       Joint State/FEMA damage assessment teams have begun preliminary damage assessments

·       A WebEOC Incident has been created for this event.

·       Regional Coordinators are maintaining communication with parishes and GOHSEP for situational awareness.

·       The Governor issued an emergency declaration (17 JBE 2017).


Louisiana National Guard

·       The Louisiana National Guard continues to support State and local agencies in response to the severe weather and tornadoes impacting New Orleans East.

·       We have 146 Guardsmen on duty in support of the mission (96 in STAD in direct support and 50 FTUS in supporting role).

·       The OIC linked-up with NOPD District 7 to integrate LANG personnel into the security plan.

o   Final plan was for LANG to man 16 static security checkpoints.  Each checkpoint has a vehicle and 2 personnel.

·       Mobilized and deployed Guardsmen to man the security checkpoints requested by NOPD and are integrated into their on-site command post. Will continue providing 24-hour security support until no longer required to support. 

·       Deployed LNOs to the New Orleans OHSEP to help coordinate National Guard support to Parish efforts. 

·       Conducted aerial security using helicopters with FLIR and spot lights and are prepared to continue this effort if required.

·       Relocated supplies of MREs, Water, and Tarps from the Camp Villere Warehouse to Jackson Barracks in the event they are required.

·       We will continue to monitor the situation.  If there are additional requirements, we will mobilize additional Guardsmen and equipment to support State, Parish, and Local agencies.


Louisiana State Police

·       LSP personnel are continuing to assist in the tornado stricken areas of New Orleans East.  10 LSP personnel from Troops B, L, and C including 2 supervisors are conducting roving patrols, traffic checkpoints, and assisting NOPD with calls for service.  At 1900 hours today, LSP patrol assistance will no longer be needed, as per NOPD.

·       Chef Hwy. (US 90) remains closed between Read Blvd. and Bullard Ave. but is expected to be re-opened by this evening.

·       The NOPD Command Post at US 90 and Wilson St. will stand down today 2/9/17 at 1200 hours.  Command and control of the operation will be headquartered out of the NOPD 7th District Station 10101 Dwyer Blvd.  At 1400 hours today, NOPD 7th District has returned to 8 hour shifts.

·       The State Fire Marshall has 2 units in-scene assisting FEMA with damage assessments.

·       There were 5 Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office units in the area from the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Task Force to assist NOPD.  At 0700 hours today, Louisiana Sheriff's Association Task Force was released by the NOPD.

·       Last night 2/8/17 and the previous night 2/7/17, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) supplied 24 Deputies to assist NOPD.  JPSO will discontinue their deployment as of today 2/9/17. 

·       1 Looting arrest was made by NOPD 2 hours after the tornado.


State Fire Marshal

·       All secondary USAR operations have been conducted by NOFD

·       GOHSEP Damage assessment team was escorted by OSFM Deputies Patel and Correa for preliminary assessments.

·       Utility companies continue to clear debris from roadway and are actively repairing poles.

·       Peace Lake Tower Apartments has received the emergency generator that was requested under private contract. It' is actively being tied inn by licensed electricians. Approximately 60 residents still remain on premise. Owner rep is currently still asking as many residents as possible to voluntarily leave while working to restore building. Once generator is tied in an assessment of life safety systems will be conducted. Voluntary evacuees were provided with transportation to Joe Brown Gym Shelter by NOEMS others were relocated by friends and family. 4 residents were taken by patient request for assessment and oxygen therapy to area hospitals (non-critical)


Civil Air Patrol

·       Conducting flights across southeast Louisiana to assist with damage assessment.


Public Service Commission

·       Power Outages as of 9:30am 2/9/17:

o   Orleans Parish – 3,416;

o   Ascension parish – 15;

o   St. James parish – 0;

o   Jefferson Parish – 48;

o   Tangipahoa Parish – 1;

o   St. Tammany Parish – 56 (Cleco)


Department of Children and Family Services

·       Shelter Population as of 2/9/17 noon is 100

·       SNAP Replacement Information has been sent out to PIOs at GOHSEP and ARC. It is also located in the ESF-6 (DCFS) File Library.

·       Residents who are eligible for SNAP benefits and were impacted by the February 7 tornadoes have access to federal disaster food assistance through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. Regular income and asset eligibility standards will apply. For more information please visit:


Department of Health and Hospitals

·       High level ‘take-aways’:

o   28 injuries absorbed into Region 1 Hospitals (as of 3:49 pm)

o   9 injuries absorbed into Region 2 Hospitals

o   2 injuries absorbed into Region 9 Hospitals

·       General ESF8 Response Activities:

o   Alerts were sent out via ESF8 Portal. 

o   LERN directed trauma transports.

o   Reports came in from Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN), Hospital and EMS DRCs and Public Health Emergency Response Coordinators (PHERC) and were compiled by EOCWatch Desk.

o   For CMS purposes, Health Standards Section is reaching out to ASCs, RHC, FQHCs, CMHC, HH, hospice, PRTFs, ICFs, CORF, OPT, ESRD to determine impact. LNHA and Dialysis Network are also reaching out to their members to determine impact. As you may know, it is required for licensed facilities to contact HS if they are impacted by a disaster.    


American Red Cross

·       SHELTER: Joe Brown Memorial Park Parish Managed.  Logistically supported by Red Cross supplies and meals. 100 Population as of 12:00 PM

·       ARC Leadership met today with Orleans Parish Leadership and Orleans Department of Public Health Leadership to determine timeline and discuss the transition and management of shelter by Red Cross.  Red Cross will begin managing Shelter at 7:00pm tonight, 2/9/17.

·       Shelter had an increase of clients overnight due to an evacuation of an damaged apartment complex.

·       Parish still managing shelter.  ARC Leadership coordinating with Orleans Parish Leadership and Orleans Department of Public Health Leadership to determine timeline and discuss the transition and management of shelter by Red Cross.

·       8:00am Disaster Leadership Operation Call held this morning

·       DA Report: Teams will be out across the State in the affected Parishes today.  Specific focus in New Orleans East area

·       DA still continues in the affected areas across the State.  Operation has begun putting together a consolidated DA Report

·       New Orleans East – There are still a number of streets not assessable because of poles and debris, etc.  ARC Leadership working with the Parish on what areas are accessible for our DA teams to assess

·       Red Cross continues to communicate with affected local OEPs

·       Public Affairs continues to send out safety messages and updating social and news media

·       Continue to feed Joe Brown Park Shelter and New Orleans Mobile Command Post

·       Continue with client casework in the field

·       Continue with Mobile canteening in Orleans Parish today – New Orleans East area

·       Mass Care Outreach feeding began today in Orleans Parish-New Orleans East area at 12 noon

·       Mobile Bulk supplies distribution routes will started.  Coordinating with the Parish on the Mobile Bulk Distribution routes

·       Shelter Operations Training continues today with our faith-based partners


Emergency Management Disability and Aging Coalition

·       EMDAC members can assist with lost DME, Medical supplies, and help restore medical services. . 


Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

·       A natural gas line was damaged by tornado, but gas is off.  

·       Update of Crystal Clean Facility as of 14:55: The above ground oil tank and wastewater tank is no longer leaking - Clean up is still in process; there is no off site impact

·       LDEQ has issued a Declaration of Emergency and Administrative Order (currently only applicable to Orleans parish but may be amended to include other parishes as needed).    


Department of Transportation and Development

·       US 90 remains closed between I-10 and I-510 to non-residents. It is estimated that this area of US90 will remain closed for at least a week. DOTD District has provided Variable Message Boards to assist in notifications and messaging. DOTD is coordinating with Entergy to support their repair efforts on US 90.

·       DOTD continues to assess, repair and replace signs and signals throughout the area.

·       DOTD, in coordination with Incident Command Post and Entergy, is working to remove debris to ensure DOTD personnel are entering the area free of electricity. The latest estimate on debris is <= 100 cubic yards.

·       Damage assessments of DOTD infrastructure is on-going.  DOTD is working to replace missing and destroyed signs and signals.


Salvation Army

·       The New Orleans Area Command deployed one (1) canteen (mobile kitchen) in East New Orleans.  It provided a total of 220 meals, 270 snacks and 634 drinks during its 12 hour response.  Yesterday was the last day of service unless circumstances warrant a resumption of service.  The primary reason for this is that there are now numerous food providers in the area including restaurants, churches and other NGOs.

·       The Baton Rouge Corps deployed a unit to Donaldsonville, LA, on Wednesday, 08 February 2017.  It provided 110 meals, 686 snacks and 350 drinks during its 7 hour response.  Yesterday was the unit's last day of service unless circumstance warrant a resumption of service.


Louisiana VOAD    

·       A VOAD coordination meeting was held in conjunction with the City of New Orleans this morning.  Approximately 35+ agencies in attendance.  Evacuteer will take a coordination lead for efforts, Donations will be fielded to Household of Faith.  Adventist Community Services has offered to assist with warehousing and/or training.  Agencies were directed to coordinate cleanup efforts in Crisis Cleanup and document and report all volunteer and equipment hours as well as segregation of debris to the ROW.  A special effort will be made to outreach to churches to educate on collecting data. 

·       Team Rubicon and Samaritan's Purse are on the ground setting up their response.  HandsOn can accept volunteers for deployment. Many of the local VOAD agencies have also activated to respond. All information will be updated on the City's website for agencies accepting volunteers and/or donations.

·       Crisis Counseling - survivors needing crisis counseling can call 2-1-1 or the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Help Line at 1-800-985-5990.

·       Airbnb has activated their hosts to support relief workers deploying and survivors displaced by the recent tornado in Louisiana. To find temporary accommodations for $0 follow this link

·       Donated goods: foods items are being directed to and handled by the New Orleans East Food Bank. Non-food donated goods is being accepted and distributed through a New Orleans East-based church

·       Debris Removal: All volunteers are being provided debris removal guide lines relating to sorting and curb placement. The city will remove debris once placed in the right away.

·       The Orleans City website has a link to Tornado response which provides more details on the above subjects as well as other useful information.

·        Louisiana VOAD is monitoring and on-standby to respond as requested.  Mercy Chefs mobile feeding is on standby and ready to respond as needed for emergency/community feeding.


Louisiana Economic Development

·       Ascension Parish - Only reported damage to driver company was CF Industries. CF has issued a press release:

o   CF Industries Confirms Tornado Touchdown at Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex Donaldsonville, Louisiana – February 9, 2017 – CF Industries Holdings, Inc. confirmed today that its Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, had a tornado touchdown at approximately 11:15 a.m. local time. At this time, all individuals who were on site have been accounted for and there are no reported injuries to CF employees. All plants are operating safely.

o   Appropriate local emergency response and government officials were notified of the incident. 

o   The company will provide additional updates on the incident if warranted.

·       Livingston Parish - President and CEO of the Livingston Economic Development Council advises that he has not heard any reports about damages to businesses and will update BERG if he learns of substantial damages to businesses. 

·       Orleans Parish - Main transmission line near NASA is down rendering all the businesses/homes in the area without power.        

o   Agrico  - Tornado passed within 100 feet. Building ok but a bay door blew out.  All employee car windows blown out. 2 cranes have booms twisted together. Insured though.Not operating due to power outage (midnight estimate on power restore) Estimate $100k in damaged (but insured)

o   New Orleans Cold Storage -No major damage. No power to warehouse (midnight estimate restore). Could not confirm if freezers had backup power.

o   Leviton - Building ok.  Employees cars damaged. No power (estimate midnight restore). Operating on backup generators for office

o   Folger’s - No major damage. One 10 ft. section of roof discovered on the grounds. Trying to identify where it came from. No employee damages. Currently without power (estimate midnight restore). Preparing to activate backup generators to run offices/HVAC/dehumidification systems. Currently not operating and cannot roast without restored power.

·       St. James Parish - Ed Director with the Port of South Louisiana advises no damage to driver companies reported.

·       St. Tammany - St. Tammany Economic Development advises that some residences at Guste Island Road, near Madisonville, sustained damage. Thus far, no driver company damage reported.

·       Tangipahoa - ED Director with Tangipahoa Parish advises: Tornado passed mostly over the marsh. No damage to businesses. Port of Manchac also fine.




Region 1



·       Parish has formally requested a PDA team for  IA and PA

·       Latest estimates are 638 structures with moderate to heavy damage. 300 plus of those are destroyed. An undetermined number of structures with light damage. 1 apartment complex with 32 units destroyed.

·       40 businesses with heavy damage.

·       There are 4 Joint IA PDA teams in the field today to refine the numbers. Their late morning update is supporting the numbers above which this addition; they have identified more multi-resident structures.

·       Einstein Sherwood Forest School and Schaumburg School both sustained damage.  Schaumburg has substantial roof damage and Einstein has minor damage (broken windows and flying debris impact). No injuries but children are sheltering in place and a dismissal program is being put together now.

·       At NASA MICHOUD there is damage to final assembly side of facility, South side of building 103, and approximately 80 percent of cars in the parking lot flipped or damaged. The USDA building was hit hard, gas leaks being identified and shut down. Delaying securing flight hardware until we're assured the building structure is sound.

·       Approximately 3,400 are still without power in directly affected areas.

·       Approximately 31 injuries.

·       Joe Brown Park Shelter population: 100 as of noon today.

·       A LANG LNO for the city EOC has been established. Security missions are ongoing.

·       RTA service has been modified on Chef Manteur due to storm damage.

·       SWBNO has 7 on temporary diesel pumps, 9 have commercial power restored, 1 sewer pumping station has temporary diesel pumps and only 3 sewage pumping stations are OTS.



·       Parish has formally requested a PDA team for PA

·       NWS confirmed tornado touchdown at approximately 10:45 am 2/7/17 between the 700 block of St George Avenue and 3700 block of Jefferson Highway. Parish will continue to work with NWS to confirm path and intensity. JPEM has been working closely with the NWS reporting areas of remnants from structural damage and visible flying debris from the Old Jefferson neighborhood.  A complete report will be forwarded for examining events by the NWS field response forecasters to determine the strength of  tornado. 

·       Approximately 20 structures sustained light to moderate damage.

·       Power outages are down to 48 Entergy customers.

·       All streets are cleared from debris and flood waters and have no travel issues at this time.

·       No injuries to report.


Region 2



·       Parish has formally requested a PDA team for IA and PA

·       Officials and NWS confirmed tornado activity in the Killian and Springfield area.

·       5 homes have been damaged and 2 destroyed with numerous trees and powerlines down in the Killian area.

·       Watson area damages as confirmed by OSFM include 5 homes heavily devastated (3 of which were mobile homes), 1 camper trailer, and several vehicles.

·       3 injuries reported, 2 of which were ambulanced away and 1 stayed.

·       Emergency Medical Services and American Red Cross responded.



·       Parish has formally requested a PDA team for  IA and PA

·       Tornado confirmed to have touched down in the Donaldsonville area at approximately 11:00 am 2/7/17 near the Old Rice Mill and northeast into the city including Williams and St. Patrick Street. The Director assessed damages, so far those reveal roof damage, car damage and vegetative debris.

·       CF Industries have also reported some damages.

·       Approximately 15 without power.

·       3 injuries in St Gabriel transported to area hospitals.


Region 3


St. James

·       Parish has formally requested a PDA team for IA and PA.

·       Tornado reported west side of the Sunshine Bridge on June Street in a small community known as Lemannville. NWS preliminary assessment determined it was an EF 1 tornado.

·       13 homes damaged with an additional 5 destroyed.  Law Enforcement, Parish Social Services and EM staff conducted  assessments of residents and damaged areas. Crews are hindered with assessments due to downed trees and power lines.

·       2 reported minor injuries.

·       American Red Cross responded. Sheriff’s Office is continuing to provide 24 hour security; Sheriff’s mobile command is located on Charles Street.

·       Operations crews have completed vegetative debris.

·       UCG meetings held on 2/7, 2/8 and scheduled again for 1600 2/9.


Region 9



·       OHSEP reported damage in Akers south of Ponchatoula, Ponchatoula, and Amite.

·       Parish reported 8 power poles down on Owl Bayou.

·       No injuries to report.


St Tammany

·       Parish has formally requested a PDA team for IA and PA in Madisonville

·       Reports of a tornado touchdown in Madisonville at Highway 22 and Pine Street with possible damage in northern St Tammany.

·       3 homes in the Madisonville area with moderate to major damage.

·       No injuries to report.



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