News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 15 February 2017 As of 3:00 p.m.
Posted: 2/15/2017 3:47:58 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

15 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

        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

        Registration and DRCs

        Register online at, by phone at 800-621-3362. TTY users can call 800-462-7585 (Phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily) or by visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.

        Opened a State/Federal DRC at the East New Orleans Public Library, 5641 Read Blvd (open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays)

        Mobile DRC set to open Thursday, Feb. 16, in Livingston at the Livingston Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, 20399 Government Blvd (open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays)

        Visit for a list of web links and telephone numbers to begin the replacement process.

        Click on the “news” tab. The list is in a news release called “Replacing Lost or Damaged Documents.”


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.

        Continuing 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 closed at 10:00 am on 2/15/17.

·        DCFS has requested DSNAP from FNS for Orleans Parish.  Projected to open only 1 site in Orleans Parish if DSNAP is approved and will be supported locally by DCFS Region 1. 

·        DSNAP for Orleans Parish has been requested for the 14 affected Census Blocks within 4 ZIP codes. Waiting on FNS approval.

·        DCFS is working with SUNO on CEA for SUNO Conference Center expected to be completed today. This is the facility we will use if DSNAP is approved by FNS.

·        State Police and OTS were performing preliminary site assessments yesterday.

·        DCFS PIO is working with City of New Orleans and GOHSEP on messaging to public.

·        Planned dates of DSNAP for Orleans Parish is Tuesday 21 Feb to Friday 24 Feb.

·        Times and Alphabet will be confirmed today.

·        DCFS is also working wrap-around services for this site.

·        As of this time, Livingston Parish has not requested DSNAP.

·        DCFS meet yesterday with Mayor and other city, state, and federal officials and participated in a press release thereafter. Only thing DCFS briefed was SNAP replacement options and that DSNAP was requested for affected population of the city only.


American Red Cross

·        Shelter closed at 10:00 AM 2/15/17 after 0 population count overnight Shelter has provided more than 500 overnight stays since the night of the storm Nearly 44,400 meals and snacks provided; meals continue today

·        16,220+ bulk items distributed, including drops to fixed distribution sites via partners  


Salvation Army

·        The New Orleans Area Command reports that on Tuesday, 14 February 2017, it  distributed 22 cleanup kits (all that they had available) and food boxes to 120 families. 

·        The New Orleans Area Command received a new shipment of cleanup kits later in the afternoon and will be distributing more on Wednesday 15 February 2017 as well as doing mobile distribution of additional food boxes and survivor backpacks.  


Department of Transportation and Development

·        Entergy released the following estimated timeline for the opening of US 90: Chef Menteur expected to open between Wilson and Read by February 18th.  They are estimating that the remaining portion (Read to I-510) will be open by February 22. 

·        District 02 crews will be on site within the next few days to repair/replace roadway signs within affected area.  Most traffic signals are now fully functional.   

·        Chef Menteur Highway still closed between Wilson Avenue and Interstate 510. Based on field review, 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

·        DOTD District is also preparing to support DSNAP operations once more information is available

·        Preparing to support DSNAP Operations

Louisiana VOAD    

·        Previously identified organizations are continuing to provide services for clean-up and planning is on-going for this weekend.  Tarping efforts have taken a priority in advance of anticipated rain.  LSUAg Center has additionally been coordinating within it's extension network and providing resource materials.    




Region 1


·        Orleans Parish Joint IA/PA PDA was completed. 

·        The City of New Orleans has activated the following pre-approved Debris Management Sites in the City of New Orleans.   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 station is back online.

·        Met with Regional Coordinator regarding the opening of DRC, Shelter Operations, DSNAP Venue and FEMA DSAT.

·        FEMA DRC team at the New Orleans East Library. FEMA Region VI IMAT team at the New Orleans East Hospital

·        Opened DRC 2/13/17; 200 individuals were able to visit the center on the first afternoon

·        Approved for IA under federal declaration DR-4300.

·        Per Regional Coordinator:

o   Introductory Meeting between FEMA VI IMAT / Orleans OEP … discussion regarding expectations going forward

o   Visited DRC … spoke with Manager and Security … no major issues reported … traffic in the center moving well

o   Meeting with NOLA representatives regarding Cat B documents

o   Mayor’s Recovery Brief – FCO and SCO attended meeting to brief mayor as to the status of recovery and declaration

o   Meeting with NOLA Housing representatives regarding available rental housing and identifying market value   



·        PA PDA was completed.


Region 2


·        Joint IA/PA PDA was completed.

·        Approved for IA under federal declaration DR-4300.



·        Joint IA/PA PDA was completed.


Region 3

St. James

·        Joint IA/PA PDA was completed.

·        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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