LBA Emergency Preparedness Coalition

2016 Flood Update

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the recent flooding event in Louisiana.  The resources listed below may be helpful to some of you and your customers.

LBA received the following on August 18, 2016:

"As of right now, the following parishes have been designated for Individual Assistance for survivors: Arcadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Feliciana, Evangeline Parish, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Point Coupee, St. Martin, St. Tammany, St. Landry, Vermilion, Washington and West Feliciana. I will let you know immediately if/when any new parishes are added to the federal declaration. Anyone who was affected by the flooding in these parishes can register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 or by going online at www.disasterassistance.govThey should register, even if they are insured. Please note, due to the size of this disaster, callers may experience wait times on the 800#. FEMA will be opening Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in each of the designated parishes as soon as possible. Once the DRCs are open, I’ll immediately share the details with you on locations, hours of operations, etc. DRCs are staffed with subject matter experts from local, state and federal agencies who can provide survivors with fact-to-face assistance. Click here to download a copy of the 'Begin Flood Cleanup as Soon as Possible Fact Sheet' for more information."

For those wishing to help immediately, please see:

 


2016 Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Coalition Resources

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Prior Year Documents: http://www.lba.org/content.cfm?id=118

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Helpful Websites

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During April and May, coalition members attended meetings held in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Covington, Gretna, Lafayette, Lafourche Parish, Monroe, Shreveport and West Lake.

The coalition is comprised of financial institutions, regulators, emergency personnel, law enforcement, weather service personnel and armored carriers.  The primary purpose of the emergency preparedness meetings is to bring together coalition members to foster working relationships that ensure better preparedness for and more effective recovery from an emergency event. 

Emergencies begin and end locally.  In the event of an emergency, decisions are made at the local level; therefore, it is vital that the financial institutions build strong working relationships with their local law enforcement and emergency personnel.  The way the system is designed is that the local and parish emergency personnel make decisions and take charge of an emergency event in their particular area until their resources are depleted then they call the state in for assistance.  By building relationships on the local level, the bankers will be more on top of any given situation than if they wait for news from the state level.

The first 72 is on you which means that you, personally and your business need to be able to take care of yourself for the first 72 hours after an emergency event.  After that, assistance should be available.

The Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center is collaboration among the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Louisiana Department of Economic Development, LSU’s Stephenson’s Disaster Management Institution and UL Lafayette’s National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies Institute.  The Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Coalition represents the financial sector with the LABEOC.  The goal of the BEOC is for private industries to come together to form a partnership with government to be better prepared for an emergency event and respond to and recover more effectively from an emergency event.  The physical BEOC facility is housed at ULL’s NIMSAT headquarters in Abdalla Hall in Lafayette.  Banks should register on the LABEOC website, www.labeoc.org, to view situational analysis throughout an emergency event.  Banks may want to register a contact person from each branch and let customers know that they can register, also.  The benefits of registering:  (1) situational awareness, (2) ability to request goods and services, (3) ability to provide goods and services, (4) assist GOHSEP when contracts are exhausted.  I think the biggest benefit to the bank is the ability to have ongoing situational awareness updates.  And, for the bank’s customers, this connection may give them the opportunity for work during an emergency event when they may otherwise be without work.  See a You Tube video explaining LABEOC at http://youtu.be/XWWXHpVLMcI.  

Community Emergency Response Team training is available in most regions.  The national website is http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/.  Contact your local emergency operations office for details and to schedule training for your bank employees if interested.

Financial Institutions are encouraged to talk with their customers about emergency preparedness.

The Red Cross has several mobile apps that you may be interested in, http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps.  Red Cross is available to do outreach presentations to groups and companies.  They encourage you to like their face book page.  Also, they remind you to have a hard copy of contact information.

One bank uses Voicenation for phone message service, 866-766-5050, www.voicenation.com.  One bank is using Rapid Cast from High Ground Solutions to communicate with employees, http://highgroundsolutions.com/rapidcast/.  It can send email blasts, text blasts and can convert voice to text.

You can get enhanced 911 (E911) apps for cell phones that will allow the cell company to release geocode to 911 responders so that they can locate you in the event of an emergency.

 

For more information or to join the coalition, contact 
LBA Chief Operating Officer Ginger Laurent at 
laurent@lba.org.