St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

St. John Parish to hold Public Meeting for Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

St. John Parish to hold Public Meeting for Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH -  In accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and to be eligible for certain federal hazard mitigation project grants, St. John the Baptist Parish is in the beginning stages of updating its hazard mitigation plan and is holding a public meeting to incorporate comments into the plan.  The public meeting will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 1:30pm - 2:30 pm  in the St. John the Baptist Council Chambers. The Council Chambers is located inside the Percy Hebert Government Building at 1801 W. Airline Hwy in LaPlace.

Natural hazards have the potential to cause property loss, loss of life, economic hardship, and threats to public health and safety. While an important aspect of emergency management deals with disaster recovery (the actions that a community takes to repair damages), an equally important aspect of emergency management involves hazard mitigation - sustained actions taken to reduce long-term risk to life and property.

A hazard mitigation plan describes an area’s vulnerability to the various natural hazards that are typically present, along with an array of actions and projects for reducing key risks. Hazard mitigation actions are essential to breaking the typical disaster cycle of damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. With careful selection, there can be long-term, cost-effective means of reducing risk and helping to create a more sustainable and disaster-resilient community.

Residents are also encouraged to  participate in a survey about public perceptions and opinions regarding natural hazards in the parish.  The survey results will be used in the development of the plan. This short web-based survey can be found at

For more information, please contact the Public Safety Department at 985-652-2222.