News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 16 February 2017 As of 3:00 p.m.
Posted: 2/16/2017 4:22:08 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

16 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:

o   Ascension - 0 Affected; 6 Minor; 2 Major; and 2 Destroyed

o   Livingston - 1 Affected; 4 Minor; 10 Major; and 10 Destroyed

o   Orleans - 285 Affected; 245 Minor; 140 Major; and 147 Destroyed

o   St. James - 4 Affected; 12 Minor; 0 Major; and 3 Destroyed

o   St. Tammany - 1 Affected and 1 Minor

·        All PA PDA's were completed on 02/10/17. Results are as follows by Parish:

o   Ascension CAT A - $30k; CAT B - $24.7k; CAT F - $3k; CAT G - $179 = Total: $236.7k

o   Jefferson CAT A - $1.5k; CAT B - $2.6k = Total $4.1k

o   Livingston CAT A - $442.2k; CAT B - $14.5k; CAT F - $160k = Total $616.7k

o   Orleans CAT A - $1.14M; CAT B - $3.5M; CAT E - $2k; CAT F - $256k; CAT G - $2.5k = Total $4.9M

o   St. James CAT A - $15k = Total $15k

o   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:

o   LANG CAT B - $320.2K

o   LADOTD CAT A - $23k CAT B - $11.7K

o   Total State Agency Costs: CAT A - $23k CAT B - $331.9k

·        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)

·        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.

·        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.”

·        Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA): Deadline to apply is March 15. Apply online at or by phone at 866-783-5567 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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.

·        75 Guardsmen are on state active duty in support of the mission.

·        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.

·        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.


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. 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.

·        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 provided more than 500 overnight stays since the night of the storm. Nearly 44,400 meals and snacks provided.

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

·        All feeding operations and bulk distribution have ceased or been completed.

·        Four teams are working along with Disaster Mental Health and Disaster Health Services to canvass neighborhoods.

·        Supporting client casework teams with “hotshot” assessments.


Salvation Army


·        The New Orleans Area Command reports that on Wednesday, 15 February 2017, it distributed 54 cleanup kits, 49 survivor backpacks and 138 food boxes.  The food drive initiated by The Salvation Army in New Orleans resulted in about 35,000 lbs. of food being donated with three-fourths of that having been distributed so far.

·        The New Orleans Area Command returned to the area on Thursday 16 February 2017 to continue mobile distribution of cleanup kits, 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. 

·        DOTD signs crews will be working along US 90 on February 16 to replace missing, damaged and faded signs in preparation for partial opening of Chef Menteur Highway

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

·        Preparing to support DSNAP Operations


Louisiana Economic Development


·        Update on damaged businesses:

o   CF Industries- fully operational (Ascension)

o   Agrico- fully operational (Orleans)

o   NO Cold Storage- Fully operational (Orleans)

o   Leviton- Fully operational (Orleans)

o   Folgers’s fully operational (Orleans)

o   Boeing- operational (Orleans)

·        These were the only impacts and are now corrected.


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.  LSU Ag Center has additionally been coordinating within its 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   Met with NOLA OEP to discuss their staff transition regarding the NBA All Star Game/ Mardi Gras and DR 4300. Crisis Action Team activated for 15 / 16 Feb from 1700 to 2300. Beginning at 0700 on 17 Feb, EOC will be at a Partial Activation (Level II) from to 0700 until 0700 on 20 Feb.

o   DR 4300 POC for the Orleans OEP will be Ryan Mast, 504-658-8743 Office, 504-655-0602 Mobile,

o   Toured the entire tornado affected area for Situational Awareness

o   Entergy estimates that Chef Menture Highway will be completely reopened by Saturday night… more to follow

o   Met with DSA Teams regarding their progress … teams estimate they will be have their primary mission finished by Sunday

o   Met with FEMA Operations Section Chief to discuss several issues concerning DSAT … two low level safety issues (resolved), and discussed the team’s mission going forward.

o   At the request of Orleans, FEMA is asked to position a Mitigation Education Outreach team at the Lowe’s store on Read Blvd. to provide advice for residents. When in place, this mission will last 2 weeks

o   Participated in FEMA Tactics meeting for S / A

o   Met with FEMA PA Representative regarding Orleans Cat B



·        PA PDA was completed.


Region 2




·        Joint IA/PA PDA was completed.

·        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)

·        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 Lemannville 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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