St. John the Baptist Parish held a public meeting on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, with representatives from the Parish to discuss a grant that was recently awarded to the Parish. Ms. Monica Martin and Ms. Jamie Schexnayder from Providence, the Parish's mitigation consultant, led the meeting.
Ms. Martin explained that the Parish has been awarded a grant funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the State which consists of updating the Parish's Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). She explained that the purpose of this meeting, the Review of the Draft Plan, was to give the steering committee and general public an opportunity to submit any edits/revisions to the draft plan and ask any questions about the plan before the parish submits the plan to the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and FEMA.
This meeting was the final meeting concerning the update of the Parish's hazard mitigation plan. Ms. Schexnayder reviewed the preliminary draft with Steering Committee. Recommendations and comments were received and will be incorporated into the plan. Some comments included adding the HMP as a supplement to the Parish Emergency Operations Plan, revising parts of the Parish and hazard profiles, revising the color scheme on the zoning map, and updating Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) terminology.
The draft plan will be reviewed by the GOHSEP followed by a review from FEMA. Once the HMP is approved by GOHSEP and FEMA, it will be presented to the Parish governing body for adoption.
Anyone wanting more information on this project can call Ms. Schexnayder at 225-766-7400 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.