Friday, April 4, 2014
St. John the Baptist Parish – In preparation for the upcoming hurricane season, the Southeast Louisiana (SELA) Red Cross, in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security (GOHSEP) hosted a free tri-parish disaster shelter training for government employees. The training was conducted at the St. John Community Center in LaPlace on Friday, March 21. The six hour training involved instruction on shelter and feeding fundamentals, as well as a shelter fundamentals exercise.
St. John Public Safety and Health Human Services employees and representatives from St. James Parish attended the training. “The shelter training provided us the instruction and materials we needed to deliver efficient sheltering and related services to the community during and after a disaster,” said Rhonda Lemons, Health and Human Services Director and Parish shelter lead during an emergency. “The information was very useful and valuable; and we are better prepared to manage shelter operations in St. John Parish should the need arise.”
Kim Adams, Disaster Specialist for the SELA Red Cross and course instructor, said the training encourages round table discussion so instruction will be geared toward community needs. “It’s an opportunity for government leaders to converse about past experiences - what worked and didn’t work – with Red Cross leaders in an effort to be better in the future.”