News Alert: Situational Awareness Report 23 August 2015 As of 4:00 pm
Posted: 8/24/2015 8:41:47 AM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center

Situational Awareness Report

23 August 2015

As of 4:00 pm


State EOC Activation Level: Crisis Action Team

WebEOC Incident Name: 15-026 Hurricane Danny - Statewide - August 2015



Tropical Weather Outlook: At 500 PM AST, the center of Tropical Storm Danny was located near latitude 15.6 North, longitude 59.0 West.  Danny is moving toward the west near 16 mph, and a westward to west-northwestward motion is expected over the next 48 hours.  On the forecast track, the center will move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands late tonight or early Monday, and into the northeastern Caribbean Sea on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 mph with higher gusts.  Continued weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Danny is expected to become a tropical depression on Monday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches).


State Actions



  • GOHSEP has created a WebEOC incident (15-026 Hurricane Danny - Statewide - August 2015) to Track Hurricane Danny
  • Activated the Crisis Action Team as of 2:00 pm on 8/19/2015


Louisiana State Police

o   LSP Crisis Response/EOC is at normal operations and is actively monitoring Hurricane Danny. LSP Crisis Response/EOC has been providing tropical weather updates to the LSP Command Staff and DPS Agency Heads since Monday, August 17, 2015. The EOC has also conducted computer and phone line readiness tests. LSP Crisis Response/EOC is coordinating with other LSP/DPS sections to begin operational checks of resources.

o   LSP  Troops are monitoring Hurricane Danny and are beginning coordination with law enforcement and other state agencies in their respective areas.

  • LSP BOI personnel are monitoring Hurricane Danny and are on alert for potential deployment to LSP Troops to assist with pre- and post-storm activities.
  • LSP Emergency Services is prepared to begin pre-storm coordination with DEQ, other state agencies, local agencies and industry
  • LSP Public Affairs is responding to media inquiries and is preparing to provide evacuation related information to various media outlets as needed. They are also actively monitoring social media for issues related to Hurricane Danny.


Department of Transportation and Development (ESF – 1 Transportation)

  • LADOTD ESF - 1 is communicating with LANG, DOE, and Air Evacuation partners

Department of Transportation and Development (ESF – 3 Public Works)

  • Internal Preparations include pre-stage EOC radio/IT communications resources
  • All Damage Assessment Team resources are staged and ready


Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

o   HQ personnel met this week to discuss response plans and SAR resources condition and availability.

o   LDWF/LED Regions are conducting a review of all available SAR equipment


Department of Agriculture and Forestry

o   LDAF is notifying cattlemen in the coastal parishes to prepare for tropical weather

o   LDAF facilities are conducting pre-storm checklists

o   NGO’s have been alerted to monitor tropical forecasts and standby for notification

o   Verifying resources with Parish Animal Controls

o   Alerted fuel contractor to be on standby

o   Staging mobile pet shelter at LDAF ICP


Department of Public Safety (ESF-2 Communications)

o   Checking all communications tower sites below I-10, deployable equipment, MCP, radio cash, and staff resources


Department of Corrections

o   All wardens have been advised to complete any preparations needed for this hurricane season. Particular attention is being given to transportation assets and resources to ensure operational readiness

o   Made contact with out LA. Sheriff’s Association liaison and are prepared to render assistance to those departments if needed

o   Prepared to begin pre-storm coordination with other State and local agencies


Department of Health and Hospitals

o   DHH is actively communicating with the ESF8 Network including hospitals, nursing homes, home health, hospice, assisted living, dialysis, and behavioral health districts regarding storm readiness

o   Reached out to their industries, clients, vendors, contractors and networks to ensure readiness

o   Conducting review and confirmation of contingency surge contracts

o   Testing ESF8 Portal to ensure operational viability should the web-based system be needed


Department of Children and Family Services

  • DCFS has updated all contact rosters/distribution lists and resource availability matrix
  • Communicated with GOHSEP Regional Coordinators vie conference call
  • Reviewed H-Hour timeline
  • Validated ESF – 6 sites


Bureau of EMS

  • ESF 8 EMS is reviewing EMAC pre-scripts, EED list, and MAC Operations plans
  • Verified Interop communications equipment, equipment for ambulance processing site, and WebEOC access
  • Briefed BEMS staff and provided in-state contractors updated response plans
  • Staff Augmentation Emergency Contact continued final steps of internal approval process


Office of the State Fire Marshall

o   OSFM Emergency Services ESF – 4  continues to monitor weather reports and GOHSEP updates and are prepared to raise the level of awareness from a watch to a preparation stage should Danny move into the Gulf

o   Situational reports are being given to USAR Task Force 1 & 2 along with the State Fire Service


Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

  • CPRA ESF - 3 is initiating coordination with local levee districts and reviewing flood fight inventories and emergency contacts


Louisiana Workforce Commission

  • LWC has completed communication and readiness checks with primary mass feeding vendors


American Red Cross

o   ARC Region Disaster Leadership is maintaining communication with Divisional Disaster Leadership

o   Checking availability of staff and volunteers for possible mobilization and deployment

o   Checking material and supply resources

o   Responding to media inquiries and providing preparedness messaging



Parish Actions


Plaquemines Parish

  • Ensuring all citizens are registered with the parish’s emergency notification system



  • Municipal Public Safety agencies continue to perform basic and preliminary capability assessments
  • The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and New Orleans Health Department have also contacted non-municipal public safety, public health, and healthcare partners in the city and recommended these entities conduct a review of their current readiness status


St Bernard

  • Residents are being urges to finalize emergency plans and remove debris from yards
  • Public Works will begin a sweep of the parish to pick up debris



  • EOC phone bank and LPSO dispatches phones at Lafourche EOC being tested and prepared for use in case of activation



o   Informational materials of emergency preparedness continues to be shared on the Jefferson parish Government website

o   Encouraging businesses to apply and receive re-entry placards from the Region 1 system and encouraging citizens to go over their family emergency plans


St John Parish

o   Residents are being told to finalize emergency plans and to remove debris from around drains

o   Parish crews are also out removing any type of lose debris

o   Parish web-site has also been updated with informational materials regarding emergency preparedness for citizens


St Tammany

o   EOC staff is reviewing all hurricane emergency protocols 

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