News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 11 July 2019 As of 8:00 a.m.
Posted: 7/11/2019 9:37:02 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

11 July 2019

As of 8:00 a.m.


State EOC Activation Level: Level I (Full Activation)

WebEOC Incident: 19-019 Tropical Weather – Statewide – July



SITUATION: Potential Tropical Cyclone 2 continues to slowly organize in the north-central Gulf and may become a Tropical Depression later today. The storm is 170 nm SE of New Orleans moving west at 5 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. Conditions appear favorable for this system to strengthen to a hurricane that will bring storm surge. The earliest reasonable time of arrival of Tropical Storm Force winds on coastal Louisiana is evening going into tonight. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for much of the Louisiana coast. Dangerous storm surge is possible in portions of southern and southeastern Louisiana where a Storm Surge Watch is in effect. Storm surge inundation could begin as early as Friday and into Saturday. Heavy rain continues to be the greatest concern. The slow movement of this system will result in a long duration of widespread heavy rain, which could lead to significant and possibly life threatening flash flooding beginning as early as Friday. Flash flooding and river flooding will become increasingly likely; some may be significant.



STATE ACTIONS (Agencies are monitoring the situation and are on stand-by as needed):





·         Activated to a Crisis Action Team (CAT) as of 8:00 a.m. on 7/8/2019

·         Created WebEOC Incident 19-019 Tropical Wx — Statewide — July

·         Regional coordinators are coordinating with their parishes.

·         Conducting daily conference calls with the SE & SW Hurricane Task Force.

·         Activated Level I as of 6:00 a.m. on 7/11/2019.

·         A press release has been issued and can be found in the File Library


ESF-01 DOTD Transportation

·         Department of Education to identify school buses by the school district to respond and LANG for LANG school bus drivers to support DOTD. 

·         EOC has activated to 24 Hour operations on 7/11.

·         DOTD Districts have been alerted and prepared to activate.

·         GOHSEP LNOs will report 7/11.

·         Coordinating with supporting agencies; Department of Education to identify school buses by school district to respond and LANG for LANG school bus drivers to support DOTD. 


ESF-02 Communications

·         The system is fully operational.

·         ESF2 will activate 6:00 am 7/11 at Level 1 and maintain 24 Hours Ops.

·         5 Sites are in trunking, due to technical issues not related to the storm.

·         State 205 Communications Plan will be published tomorrow. Request all Parish or State partners/ ESF Leads submit any interoperability needs before 7:30 7/11.



·         Coordinating with the levee districts and USACE to monitor activities and flood control structure operations.

·         Working with USACE to evaluate the potential effects and locations of potential overtopping of levees.

·         Monitoring 163 gates along Mississippi River for potential closure.

o   Coordinated with SLFPA-E, SLFPA-W, and Plaquemines Parish on their closures in the Greater New Orleans area along MS River.

o   Some gates that may affect industry including the Port of New Orleans.

·         Providing technical support to local levee districts and Parishes on operation of flood control structures and providing technical support for evacuation decisions.

·         LSU will run the storm surge model. CPRA will provide these hydrographs to the levee districts to support gate closure decisions and timing.

·         The IHNC Barge Gate closed 7/8.

·         Plaquemines Parish pump stations are full and prepared for the event.

·         PPG has identified two areas that require assistance from the USACE.

·         1 NOV-14-sector gate is not completely turned over to the Parish.

o   Requested the USACE perform the closure.

·         2 Magnolia Pumping Station has a low area that requires HESCO baskets.

o   USACE is providing those and the PPG is responsible for the pumps.

·         St. Mary Barge Gate will remain closed for this event. The water is currently 22 inches lower on the protected side, which provides significant capacity for rainfall.


ESF-03 DOTD Public Works

·         DOTD District 02 (New Orleans) is actively flood-fighting in the Greater New Orleans area. 


ESF-04 Firefighting Urban

·         SFMO is coordinating with local partners, including fire chiefs, across the state to assess their potential response needs in ESF-4/9 capacities.

·         All SFM equipment is ready, and SFM is working with local fire departments in need of safe-haven locations for their response equipment.

·         The SFM EOC will be active beginning 7/11 and operating on a 24-hour basis. 

·         SFMO Incident Support Team (IST) is planning for operations and preparing logistics for the potential deployment of 2 Type 3 task forces and a water rescue component of up to 38 boat teams and two high-water truck teams to affected areas.

o   These boat and truck teams would consist of minimum 2-man units specializing in surface and swift water rescue capabilities.

o   The USAR task forces would consist of 35 personnel, each with supporting vehicles and equipment.

·         One 24-person Incident Support Team (IST), two 35-person Type 3 USAR task forces with supporting equipment, and 38 boats plus two high water trucks manned by a total of 80 individuals comprised of SFM staff, USAR partners and first responders from across the state. 


ESF-05 Culture, Rec, and Tourism

·         Grand Isle State Parks:

o   The roads in the campground are flooding, as well as the maintenance road, the turn opposite the dump station, and the entrance to the middle bathhouse. 

o   All hatches locked down. All campers and non-essential employees asked to leave.

·         Bayou Segnette State Park:

o   Will close all the cabins and boat launches starting 7/11.

·         Closing the following facilities: Palmetto Island, Sam Houston Jones S.P., Lake Fausse Pointe, Bayou Segnette (Cabins and Boat Launch Only), Grand Isle, and Cypremort.



·         ARC is conducting call downs of volunteers.

·         ARC is coordinating with EM on readiness activities.

·         Confirming catering contract availability and capacity.

·         Assessing resources and checking the availability of disaster leadership and workforce.

·         Communicating with Parish OEPs to determine pre-landfall and post landfall sheltering in accordance with our Red Cross Hurricane Evacuation Shelter Standards.

·         In communication with DCFS.

·         Identified feeding vendors and activated contracts in preparation to support shelters.

·         Checking disaster supply inventories and requested supplies from national to bring in additional disaster response/mass care supplies.

·         Preparing to support mass care and shelter operations across the region as needed (In particular Point-to-Point Plaquemines to Ouachita).

·         Identifying workforce shortfalls and requesting an ARC workforce from out of the region to support level 4 DR.

·         Briefed ARC national disaster leadership on preparation, planning, and operations on National Sync Call.

·         Communicating safety and preparedness messages through media sources and responded to media requests for interviews.

·         Communicating with elected officials through our activated EOL network.

·         Continue to hold NHQ, Division and Region calls to update leadership on status.




·         Conducted a conference call with all DCFS regions to discuss the readiness of ESF-6 sites.

·         All DCFS (ESF-6) Staff and sites put on ALERT status.

·         Notified foster families and licensed facilities of potential tropical weather impacts.

·         Monitoring Parish status' regarding shelter planning.

·         Coordinating with ARC and Louisiana Shelter Task Force and other ESF-6 partners.

·         Regions are in contact with Parish OEPs.

·         Contacted vendors to ensure coverage at ESF-6 sites.



ESF-06 Louisiana Workforce Commission Mass Feeding

·         Contacted contracted feeding vendors to place them on standby.

·         LWC staff will continue to monitor the situation, and are standing by.


ESF-06 Louisiana VOAD

·         Mercy Chefs is pre-staged for potential feeding needs.

·         Convoy of Hope is ready to respond.

o   Pre-positioning multiple loads of relief supplies in our regional warehouse in NE LA.

o   Supplies include, water, MREs, non-perishable food and snack items, hygiene kits, cleanup kits, as well as other cleaning supplies. 

·         American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) is standing by to support logistics requests.

·         Crisis Cleanup is prepared to activate event and possible hotline for cleanup requests.

·         DCFS EOC is partially activated. SEOC LNO has reported to GOHSEP.

·         Supporting Plaquemines Parish with LNOs.


ESF-06 LWC Mass Feeding 

·         LWC Staff has manned the ESF6 Mass Feeding desk at the SEOC.

·         Contact has been made with contracted feeding vendors.


ESF=06 Salvation Army

·         Participating in coordination calls with local/state emergency management and NWS officials.

·         Conducting coordination calls with the seven TSA locations in Louisiana to include New Orleans, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe.

·         Monitoring conditions for actions toward life safety and making preparations for disaster relief once conditions stabilize after landfall.  


ESF-06 Veterans Affairs

·         Generators tested and ready

·         Jennings - Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home prepared to “Shelter in Place”

·         Sandbags available


ESF-07 LA Business EOC

·         Pushing approved messaging to state business partners via social media platforms.  

·          LABEOC will be activated 7/11


ESF-08 LDH Public Health/Medical

·         EOC and EMS Tactical Operations Center (TOC) will be staffed 7/11.

·         Region 1 ESF8 asked to provide support at the local shelter at Rosenwald Recreational Center in Orleans.

·         ESF8 Portal: Facilities (hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living) are being messaged for mandatory reporting of facility baseline status and any impacts

·         LDH EOC fully activated on 7/11.

·         The Cemetery Response Task Force developed a damage description form when reporting a cemetery disruption.

·         All critical healthcare facilities are on alert.

·         The ESF 8 Data Cell has been activated.

·         Numerous hospitals in the New Orleans/Region 1 area reported access issues due to high water.

·         Only one hospital in Region 9 reported a power outage.

·         Riverbend Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Belle Chase - Census of 115. Evacuated the more critical residents and busses scheduled to arrive 7/11. Planned Evac site is Magnolia United Methodist Church.


ESF-09 Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

·         On 7/09, advised Regions to conduct their initial response assessments (to include agent availability, SAR equipment readiness, etc.).

·         Started preliminary coordination with state SAR partners

o   SAR teams stand ready to respond with 170 agents/boats. 

o   Have an additional 34 agents for command and logistical support.

o   If SAR assistance is required, LDWF will provide a regional response and will deploy as needed if additional resources from around the state are required.

·         If needed, LDWF will activate the state SAR EOC at HQ, which will be staffed with personnel and LNOs from state and federal partners.

·         All available agents are on standby and ready to mobilize upon notification.

·         Advised our Regions on 7/10 to monitor the system and conduct their initial response assessments.

·         Started preliminary coordination with our state SAR partners

·         SAR teams stand ready to respond with 170 agents/boats.

·         34 agents available for command and logistical support.

·         If SAR assistance is required deployment will begin.

·         As needed, the state SAR EOC will activate at our HQ, which is staffed with our personnel and LNOs from our state and federal partners.


·         LDEQ Disaster Coordinator has made contact with Federal (EPA and USCG), and State ESF-10 (LSP and LOSCO) partners

·         All Emergency Response Staff and Regional Staff are on stand-by and making preparations to respond if necessary. Incident Command Staff are on stand-by.

·         Contacted Grand Gulf, W-3, & Riverbend Power Plants. All are taking necessary precautions.

·         Daily conference calls have begun with EPA, USCG, and ESF-10 partners (LSP & LOSCO) to discuss pre- & post-storm response coordination.

·         Contacted Facilities, Radiation Licensees, and Parishes from Alexandria south.

·         Preparing DEAO, which will be posted to WebEOC as soon as possible. 


Esf-11 Department of Agriculture and Forestry

·         LDAF IMT and support staff activated.

·         Released public advisory for livestock, agricultural community and pet owners.

·         Communicated current situation with animal control agencies in the state.

·         Alexandria co-located pet shelter and staff on standby.

·         Mobile pet shelters and support teams on standby.


ESF-12 DNR Plants and Pipelines (Declaration submitted 7/11)

·         Issued Emergency Order No. 2019-002 declaring that an emergency exists and advising operators of oilfield sites, facilities, structures and pipelines to perform all necessary actions.


ESF-12 Public Service Commission

·         Reported to SEOC at 0600 on 7/11 for Level 1 activation.

·         Utilities have been contacted and have activated their Emergency Service Plans.

·         Coastal utilities are staging equipment and turning on mutual assistance contracts

·         Running storm scenarios with their in-house meteorologists.

·         Post-landfall, providing outage reports at regular intervals.


ESF-13 Department of Corrections

·         Activated the Incident Management Center.

·         Preparing to assist Plaquemines Parish Detention Center in the evacuation of their offenders.  


ESF-13 Louisiana State Police

·         State Police Crisis Response:

o   Participating in both Southeast and Southwest Hurricane Task Force Conference Calls. 

o   Conducting last minute readiness checks of the EOC and equipment. 

·         Fleet/Support Services:

o   Fleet started storm preparations by assessing available pool units and contacting the Troops to determine any Fleet needs. 

o   Mobile Command Posts are being assessed and fueled.

·         Troops:

o   Reviewing Troop Evacuation Plans.

o   Assessing fuel levels for patrol vehicles and diesel levels for Troop generators.

o   Assessing pool vehicles

o   Suspending any decisions on leave of personnel until a defined storm track is established.

o   Checking readiness of chainsaws and other response equipment.

o   Communicating with local law enforcement agencies to consolidate resources.

o   Communicating with local DOTD Offices for any possible evacuation missions.

o   Troop N is coordinating with NOHSEP for possible activation.

·         ESF-2 / Radio Communications:

o   Checking fuel levels at all tower sites below I-10 and conducting readiness tests for the generators at those sites.

·         ESF-10 / HAZMAT:

o   Maintaining contact with DEQ and preparing to respond to any incidents.


ESF-13 Office of Juvenile Justice

·         Secure care facilities (Acandiana, Bridge City, Swanson, Columbia) are sheltering in place.

·         Finalized reparations to evacuate Bridge City Center for Youth should it be necessary.


ESF-16 Military Support

·         LANG anticipates having up to approximately 200 personnel on duty in direct support with the ability to grow (storm dependent). 

·         Helicopters are prepared to conduct SAR sweeps in conjunction with the USCG as necessary.

·         7/10 LANG pre-positioned HWVs and boats throughout the southern portion of the state.

·         7/10 Pre-positioned 60 super sacks throughout the state to respond to any levee breeches or significant overtopping.

·         Activated RSA and ULE in preparation of any Commodity Distribution requirements.

·         LANG TAC & JOC activated at 0600 hours 7/11 for 24-hour operations.

·         Activating LNOs for Parish EOCs.

o   LANG NOHSEP LNOs are in place.

·         Prepositioned boats and High Water Vehicles strategically throughout the state for rapid response.

o   20 bus drivers will report to Plaquemines Parish for evacuation operations.

·         Transporting 500 blankets and 14,000 bottles of water to the shelter in Ouachita Parish.

·         Distributed two pallets of sandbags to St Helena Parish.

·         Distributed 3 pallets of sandbags to Livingston Parish.



Region 1

St. Bernard Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)

·         All maintenance gates on the HSDRRS between Bayou Bienvenue and Verret closed. 

·         Guardrails on Highway Gates on LA 39 and LA 46 have been removed in preparation for gate closure at a later date. 

·         All drainage canals inspected and pumped down.  River gates closed. 

·         Crisis Activation Team activated. 

·         LAANG SAR Team on site. 

·         USACE, LANG & USCG LNOs on site.

·         Flood fighting underway at Chalmette Refining; Approx. 1000 linear feet of levee being reinforced. 


Jefferson Parish (Declaration in progress)

·         Some flooding on streets due to initial rainfall 7/10, levels dropped after rain ceased.

o   Some communities reported water in homes due to considerable rainfall 7/10.

·         In contact with DCFS.

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.  

·         Town of Grand Isle declared state of emergency 7/10.

o   Issued voluntary evacuation notice as of 3 pm 7/10.

o   Parish President is holding a 10 AM press conference 7/11 and will sit in on 8AM GOHSEP Brief.  

·         Areas outside of the levee protection have been using sand bags for flood defense.   

·         Mandatory Evacuation for residents in lower lying Lafitte, Crowne Point, and Barataria 7/11


Orleans Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)

·         Operation Underpass Activated.

·         Multiple road closures due to flooding.

·         Multiple trees downed.

·         Approximately 5,000 customers without power. 

·         Shelter opening at Rosenwald Center. NOPD officer on site.

·         Preliminary Damage Assessments underway for 7/10 severe weather events.

·         City Hall closed to non-essential employees.



Plaquemines Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)

·         PPG officials began closing of several floodgates along the Mississippi River Levee, Hero Canal & Intracoastal Waterway on 7/10.  

o   If the Mississippi River rises to 17.5' at Carrollton, PPG will have to shut down ferry operations due to the inability to adjust the ferry ramps.                   

·         Will deploy sandbags and tiger dams in areas of the parish to prepare to flood fight if necessary.

o   PPG is working with the PPSO Detention Center to make sandbags with prison labor.

·         Held Unified Command Meeting immediately following the 2 pm Conference Call on 7/10. 

·         On 7/11 at 6 am, issued a mandatory evacuation for the entire Eastbank of Plaquemines Parish and for Oakville to Venice on the Westbank. 

o   Point-to-Point agreement with West Monroe in effect.

·         The Plaquemines Medical Center closed 7/11 at 6 am. 

·         The Riverbend Nursing Home anticipates evacuating 30-40 residents on 7/11 at 9 am.

o   Riverbend has a transportation agreement in place but requires additional assistance from the Plaquemines Parish Fire Department.

·         PPSO will be evacuating approximately 600 prisoners from the Detention Center.

·         Closed numerous floodgates along the Mississippi River Levee. The Empire Floodgate is closed. 

o   There are no Floodgate closures on Hwy 23 or Hwy 39.

·         Phillips 66 Refinery is in the process of safely shutting down. 


Region 2

Ascension Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)

·         Held a briefing with parish officials at 3:30 pm 7/10.

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.


East Baton Rouge Parish

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.

·         High water barricade equipment pre-staged at multiple locations.

·         ARC shelter equipment pre-staged in the City of Baker.


East Feliciana Parish

·         Sandbag POD open at the East Feliciana Parish Prison on Haynes St, Clinton. 


Iberville Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)

·         Sandbags available in multiple locations.


Livingston Parish (Declaration in Progress)

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.


Point Coupee

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.

·         Public Works continues to clean out parish drainage right of ways.

·         Pecan Acres and Pleasentview pumps are operational.

·         False River lowered to 15'.

o   Three gates remain open and are lowering lake levels 0.3-0.4 feet per day.   



West Baton Rouge Parish

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.


West Feliciana Parish (Declaration submitted 7/11)

·         Nine roads closed due to Mississippi River flooding.  

·         Sandbags available. 

·         Parish Unified Command Group met at 1 pm on 7/10 to discuss planning and preparations for possible extreme weather. 


Region 3

Assumption Parish (Declaration in Progress)


Lafourche Parish (Declaration in Progress)

·         Public works crews are checking culverts and ditches to make sure not blocked. 

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.

·         Voluntary Evacuation south of Leon Theriot Floodgates.

·         Mass care and transportation commodities available if needed.


St. Charles Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)


St. James Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.

·         Town of Gramercy Emergency Declaration was signed (7-10-19). Town of Lutcher considering now.


St. John the Baptist Parish

·         Held two meetings with Parish ESFs.

·         Public Works crews are checking pumps and critical areas.

·         EOC staff is putting out messages to the public for possible Tropical Weather. 

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.


Terrebonne Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)


Region 4

Acadia Parish (Declaration in Submitted 7/10)

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.


Iberia Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.


Lafayette Parish (Declaration in progress)

·         Held meetings with incident command team.

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.

·         Positioning assets in various parts of the parish.

·         High water vehicles and boats are being staged.  

·         Reception centers being planned with buses being staged  

·         Meetings with incident command team and conference calls are being conducted.


St. Landry Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.


St. Martin Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.


St. Mary Parish (Declaration in progress)

·         On 7/9, City of Morgan City is sending advanced notice: Will be closing floodgates that are not already closed as the system nears. 

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.

·         Franklin Canal will be closed on 7/12 at 9 am. The gate will stay closed until the rain has subsided, and the water level on either side of the structure has equalized.

·         Berwick and Morgan City are monitoring and preparing to close many of the flood control gates along the Atchafalaya River by 7/12.


Vermilion Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)

·         Voluntary evacuation issued 7/10 for lower portion of parish.


Region 5

Allen Parish

·         Preparing for the storm. Potentially placing extra personnel on duty for storm assistance.

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.

·         Home health agencies have activated their emergency plans.


Calcasieu Parish (Declaration in Progress)

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.

·         Possible partial evacuation in lower-lying areas evacuation of Calcasieu South of Lincoln Rd affecting less than 1000 people.

o   Communicating with Cameron Parish to evacuate through the parish.

·         I-210 bridge at one lane each direction.

·         One nursing home considering evacuation.  

·         Search and Rescue plan in place 7/11. Possible LANG request for high water vehicles and manpower.

·         Pre-Event Estimate will be conducted 7/11. 


Cameron Parish (Declaration in progress)

·         Public schools and offices closed 7/11.

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.


Jefferson Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)


Region 6

Avoyelles Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)

·         All local police departments & sheriff office are preparing for the storm, with extra personal.

·         The 911 center is activating the storm team plan.

·         Public Works is cleaning drainages in flood prone areas.   

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.


Rapides Parish (Declaration in progress)     

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.


Vernon Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)      

·         Contacts made with Acadian, MedExpress Ambulance, DCFS and LANG LNO personnel.

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.


Region 8

Lincoln Parish (Declaration in Progress)

·         Preparing to assist with shelter operations, as needed for general population evacuees and for emergency protective measures.


Ouachita Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)

·         Communicating with evacuating parishes in affected areas as to their evacuation status and the need to execute Point-to-Point agreements.  

·         Plan to open Point-to-Point shelter located at the West Monroe Sports Complex at 12 pm 7/11 agreement with Plaquemines Parish.  Shelter capacity is 250 pax.

o   Commodities to support shelter operations are on hand or will arrive by opening.

·         Evaluating current stockade levels of cots, blankets and water.  


West Carroll Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)

·         Shelter status is active.


Region 9

St. Helena Parish (Declaration Submitted 7/10)


St. Tammany Parish (Declaration in progress)

·         Sandbags available.

·         Three Reception Centers on standby.

o   Grace Memorial Church, John Davis Recreation Center, and Lacombe Coquille Recreation Center Covington.


Tangipahoa Parish (Declaration in Progress)

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.

·         Voluntary evacuations


Washington Parish (Declaration in progress)

·         Sandbags available at multiple locations.

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