News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 13 February 2017 As of 3:00 p.m.
Posted: 2/13/2017 3:51:17 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

13 February 2017

As of 3:00 p.m.


State EOC Activation Level: Level IV (Crisis Action Team)

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

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

Federal Declaration DR-4300 Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds


Situation: Six 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 assessed the amount, intensity, and paths of tornadoes in this outbreak and determined the following: 

Tornado #1 - EF2 from near Killian to southwest of Madisonville through Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Tammany parishes

Tornado #2 - EF0 near Metairie in Jefferson Parish

Tornado #3 - EF3 in East New Orleans in Orleans Parish

Tornado #4 - EF1 from near Donaldsonville to the Sunshine Bridge in Ascension Parish and St. James Parish.

Tornado #5 – EF3 near Watson in Livingston Parish

Tornado #6 – EF1 north of Holden in Livingston Parish


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




        GOHSEP has updated the State EOC activation to Level IV (Crisis Action Team).

        Joint State/FEMA damage assessment teams continuing with damage assessments

        The Governor issued a State Emergency Declaration (17 JBE 2017).

        The President issued a Federal Declaration (DR-4300) for individual assistance for Livingston and Orleans Parishes on February 11.

GOSHEP Recovery

        Joint PDA (IA) numbers: Orleans Parish (complete): 814 total; 285 affected, 242 minor damage, 140 major damage, 147 destroyed; Ascension Parish (complete): 10 total; 6 minor damage, 2 major damage, 2 destroyed; St. James Parish (complete): 18 total; 4 affected, 12 minor damage, 2 destroyed 

        St. Tammany Parish (complete): 1 affected, 1 minor damage; Livingston (complete): 25 total; 1 affected, 4 minor damage, 10 major damage, 10 destroyed

        A disaster recovery center is opening Monday, Feb. 13, in Orleans Parish. The center will be open 1-6 p.m. Monday, then move to regular hours on Tuesday, Feb. 14, until further notice. Location: East New Orleans Public Library 5641 Read Blvd. New Orleans. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays

        All IA PDA's were completed on 02/10/17. Results are as follows by Parish: Ascension - 0 Affected; 6 Minor; 2 Major; and 2 Destroyed; Livingston - 1 Affected; 4 Minor; 10 Major; and 10 Destroyed; Orleans - 285 Affected; 245 Minor; 140 Major; and 147 Destroyed; St. James - 4 Affected; 12 Minor; 0 Major; and 3 Destroyed; St. Tammany - 1 Affected and 1 Minor; Jefferson Parish did not request an IA PDA, due to the majority of damage being in a commercial area.

        All PA PDA's were completed on 02/10/17. Results are as follows by Parish: Ascension CAT A - $30k; CAT B - $24.7k; CAT F - $3k; CAT G - $179 = Total: $236.7k; Jefferson CAT A - $1.5k; CAT B - $2.6k = Total $4.1k; Livingston CAT A - $442.2k; CAT B - $14.5k; CAT F - $160k = Total $616.7k; Orleans CAT A - $1.14M; CAT B - $3.5M; CAT E - $2k; CAT F - $256k; CAT G - $2.5k = Total $4.9M; St. James CAT A - $15k = Total $15k

        Total CAT A Damage - $1.63M; Total CAT B Damage - $3.5M; Total CAT E Damage - $2k; Total CAT F Damage - $418.8k; Total CAT G Damage - $181.5k; Total Parish A-G Costs - $5.8M  

        State Agency Estimates are as follows for PA: LANG CAT B - $320.2K, LADOTD CAT A - $23k CAT B - $11.7K, Total State Agency Costs: CAT A - $23k CAT B - $331.9k

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 75 Guardsmen on state active duty in support of the mission with additional FTUS in supporting role.

        Following NOPD request, LANG is manning 6 security checkpoints (24 hour) and providing 3 vehicular patrols (12 hour shift).  We are integrated in command post at the 7th District Headquarters and will continue providing security support at current manning levels through 17 February and reduce to 40 pax during 18-28 February.

        There were no incidents reported by our security personnel last night.

        Last night we continued our aerial security mission using helicopters with spot lights and have plan to support through Tuesday night 14 February.

        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.

Public Service Commission

        Our View Outage tool on our external Entergy website is not correctly reflecting the customer outages in New Orleans East which is only 80
Street lights are being restored as we go as long as the street light structures themselves were not damaged.  We are rebuilding our infrastructure down the streets with the remaining 80 outages and will be in a position to restore customers once they make repairs to their homes and businesses and permits are received. 

Department of Children and Family Services

        Shelter population - 1 ARC Shelter at 52 from midnight 2/12/2017.

        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:

        6 foster families received minor damage to their homes, but were no families were displaced.

        No SNAP retailers received damage.

        DCFS has staff located at the library next door to the shelter to provide assistance for those seeking SNAP replacement information.

American Red Cross

        Damage Assessment: DDA continues in the New Orleans East area today
Public Affairs continues to send out safety messages and updating social and news media. Mobile Outreach feeding continues today in Orleans Parish – New Orleans East area. Mobile Bulk Supplies Distribution routes continue today. Continue to feed Joe Brown Memorial Park Shelter. Casework teams continue working with clients in the shelter

        Mass Care: Shelter transitioned from the large gymnasium to the small gymnasium. Provided feeding at ICC and Joe Brown Shelter. Delivered special order breakfast to Peace Park Towers. Provided plastic totes for shelter clients. Delivered 3,672 bulk items.

        Client Casework: Sent 3 teams to shelter to finish intake and needs profiles. Sent 3 teams on outreach to Grant St area.

        Damage Assessment: Damage assessment is 99% complete in the field. Expecting to have data entry into database complete by COB. Established plan for “hotshots.”


Salvation Army

        The New Orleans Area Command will be conducting mobile distribution of disaster relief items today (Monday, 13 February 2017) and Tuesday (14 February). Today they will distribute clean-up kits and survivor backpacks. Salvation Army trucks will be traveling in the area of Hammond Street/Grant Street areas (between Bundy and Crowder) in New Orleans east.  If all goes as planned, on Tuesday (14 February) The Salvation Army will also distribute a limited number of family food boxes.  

Department of Transportation and Development

·        US 90 remains closed between I-10 and I-510 to non-residents. Progress meeting with Entergy New Orleans this morning to obtain updated estimated timeline for roadway opening. Maintenance crew will be on site today, monitoring changing conditions with regards to new debris within right-of-way.

·        Chef Menteur Highway still closed between Wilson Avenue and Interstate 510. Based on field review yesterday, electrical infrastructure damage is still significant along select portions of Chef Menteur Highway and we may be at least a week to 10 days away from a full roadway opening.

·        DOTD District has provided Variable Message Boards to assist in notifications and messaging.

·        DOTD continues to assess, repair and replace signs and signals throughout the area, Electrical power has been restored many traffic signals along the corridor.

·        DOTD Crews cleared and hauled 48 cubic yards of debris from US90 on 2/10/17
District Signal Crew is scheduled to work 2/12/17 evaluating operation of all traffic signals in anticipation of eventual roadway opening.
DOTD District is also preparing to support DSNAP operations once more information is available

Louisiana VOAD    

·        Livingston Parish: All Hands Volunteers has been providing cleanup support / Orleans Parish: Evacuteer is the lead for coordination with the City
Crisis Cleanup reporting 64 requests for assistance
Volunteer Cleanup/tarping Activity: Team Rubicon, Samaritan's Purse, HandsOn/United Way SELA Volunteer Center - staging from Camp Restore, NOLA Tree Project
United Saints Recovery Project, Epworth Project/NDRI, & SBP
Donations/Distribution: Household of Faith - also needs volunteers to assist, City Church & Resurrection of Our Lord (worked with Adventist Community Services for clothing distribution Sunday)
Services provided at Joe Brown Park (possible location change for next week): Case Work - Unity, Catholic Charities, ARC, Mental Health - Catholic Charities, LASPCA - animal based donations, Legal Services - Southeast Legal Services & Food/clean up supplies: Second Harvest
VIA Link 2-1-1 providing assistance with referrals and entry into Crisis Cleanup

·        All information will be updated on the City's website for agencies accepting volunteers and/or donations.

·        Airbnb has activated its disaster housing for survivors and volunteers.




Region 1


·        Orleans Parish Joint IA PDA was completed 2/10/17.  Joint PA PDA is ongoing.

·        The City of New Orleans has activated the following pre-approved Debris Management Sites in the City of New Orleans.   The permits are approved until June 1, 2017.

·        City of New Orleans Sanitation Dept. Gentilly Landfill - Agency Interest Item 1036

·        City of New Orleans Old Gentilly Road Debris Site - Agency Interest Item

·        LANG Security missions are ongoing.

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

·        SWBNO has 1 station still on generator power but should be back on line sometime today.

·        Approved for IA under federal declaration DR-4300.



·        Joint PA PDA is ongoing.

Region 2


·        Joint IA PDA was completed on 2/10/17. Joint PA PDA is ongoing.

·        Approved for IA under federal declaration DR-4300.


·        Joint IA PDA was completed on 2/10/17. Joint PA PDA is ongoing.

Region 3

St. James

·        Joint IA PDA was completed on 2/10/17. Joint PA PDA is ongoing.

·        Sheriff's Office has demobilized all road blocks and will only have extra patrols in the Lemmanville area.

Region 9


·        Parish reported 8 power poles down on Owl Bayou.

·        No injuries to report.

St Tammany

·        Joint IA PDA was completed on 2/10/17.

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