St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

St. John the Baptist Parish Update #8

St. John the Baptist Parish Update #8

WEATHER:
  • National Weather Service confirmed a 130 mph EF 2 Tornado hit LaPlace
SCHOOLS:
  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, Riverside High School, St. Peter’s Catholic School, The South Central Louisiana Technical College in Reserve have reopened.  
  • All Public Schools, Ascension of Our Lord and St. Charles Catholic will be closed until Monday.
OFFICE CLOSURES:
  • All Parish Government Offices are at normal operation.
POWER OUTAGES:
  • 1000 customers remain without power - mostly Carrollwood to Cambridge and heavily affected areas- restoration time of Friday night.
CURFEW:
  • 10 pm - 6 am - From Belle Terre to Hwy 51 and Airline to I-10 through Monday.
TEMPORARY SHELTER:
  • The shelter at Emily C. Watkins is closed. Please dial 911 for assistance.  
ROAD CLOSURES:
  • None at this time
  • I-10 exits and Airline Hwy is open.
 
VOLUNTEER/DONATIONS
 
VOLUNTEERS:
  • For ANYONE who wants to volunteer their time to assist with debris removal for the tornado victims they can call tel:1.256.503.1024
     or register online at 
    mailto:hopereigns@eightdaysofhope.com.
  •  Volunteer efforts are being coordinated through REGALA Gymnasium by a familiar group who came to our Parish after Hurricane ISAAC to assist with rebuilding efforts better known as 8 Days of Hope.  
  • Hope Reigns is a division of 8 Days of Hope specializing in Rapid Response after a disaster.  All volunteers registered through Hope Reigns (8 Days of Hope) will be disbursed back into the affected areas for resident assistance.  Anyone who lives within the area you can visit register to volunteer.  
 
SUPPLIES:
  • Ascension of our Lord - 1900 Greenwood Dr. , LaPlace
  • Celebration Church - 3400 Highway 51, LaPlace
 
FOOD:
 
Mass feedings will take place for the remainder of the weekend at the following 4 POD  locations and being provided restaurants and industry from the river region area.
 
Saturday- 
 
Lunch - 11am until meals run out 
  • LaPlace Elementary
  • Ascension of Our Lord (AOL)
  • Emily C Watkins 
 
Dinner - 4pm until meals run out
  • AOL
 
Sunday- 
 
Lunch - 11am until meals run out
  • LaPLace Elementary
 
Dinner - 4pm until meals run out
 
  • LaPlace Elementary 
  • Arcuri Center 
DONATION DROP OFF CENTER:
  • Cleaning supplies/batteries/flashlights/rakes and yard equipment encouraged
  • Monetary donations are not being accepted at this time.
  • No clothes/shoes at this time
  • St. John Community Center , 2900 Hwy 51, LaPlace
 
BUSINESS RESOURCES:
 
Business Response Survey
  • If your business sustained either a Physical or Economic Loss due to the tornado that occurred on Tuesday, February 23, we are requesting that you complete the Emergency Response Survey. This information will assist St. John Parish, state and federal officials in making a determination for additional resources to aid in your full recovery.  You may receive a phone call or visit from a representative requesting that you to provide a response.  The survey takes about 2 minutes to complete by phone or in person.  You may also complete the survey online at http://sjbparish.com/tornado.php 
The Business Emergency Resource Center (BEOC)
  • The St. John the Baptist Parish Business Resource Center will provide a “one-stop shop” for impacted businesses, employees, and homeowners to receive in-person recovery assistance.  A dedicated team of resource providers including, Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC), South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC), US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Louisiana Workforce Commission, and Louisiana Federal Credit Union will assist in obtaining  business continuity planning, business loans, unemployment insurance, home retention services, and personal emergency loans.  All services will be free of charge.
    • When:  Monday, February 29 - March 4, 2016
    • 9:00 am - 5 pm 
    • Where:  River Region Chamber of Commerce, 390 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace, LA 70068, 985-359-9777
SNAP:
  • Current SNAP households who were impacted by Tuesday’s storms may be eligible to receive replacement SNAP benefits.
  • SNAP households that were without power for more than 24 hours and lost food as a result, should visit their local DCFS Economic Stability office located at 429 W. Airline Hwy in LaPlace to complete an affidavit. The last day to complete this form is March 4, 2016.
WATER SERVICE:
  • Residents affected by tornado damage who would like their water service disconnected either temporarily or permanently at no charge can do so by calling 985-652-3131.
  • You can request that either your deposit gets put on hold or a permanent disconnect at no charge.
DEBRIS REMOVAL REMINDERS:
  • Debris must be separated into vegetative (organic, trees, shrubs, stumps, etc), construction & demolition (any treated wood or lumber drywall, roofing materials), white goods (refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers), and household hazardous waste & e-waste (computers, televisions, etc).
  • Do not place debris near mail boxes, utility boxes, utility poles, water meters or fire hydrants
  •  Do not place piles next to fences or cars.
  •  Do not place material for pick-up under low wires or overhanging tree limbs. Debris loaders cannot maneuver the collection arm safely under low-hanging objects
  • Consider placing debris piles on an old sheet of plywood or other similar material to minimize damage to lawns by the debris loader.
  • Separate household garbage from debris, tree branches (Call Progressive at 536-3046 for new carts)
CONTRACTOR FRAUD:
  • St. John homeowners are reminded to protect themselves from contractor fraud as they rebuild.
  • Remember, it is important to obtain more than one estimate for repairs and to check on the qualifications and credentials of anyone working on your home.
  • If you feel that you have been the victim of contractor fraud, please contact the St. John District Attorney's Office at (985) 652-9757 immediately
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION:
  • For emergencies, residents should call 9-1-1
  • Residents can call 985-652-2222 or 2-1-1 for emergency road information
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