Chapter 6: Emergency Preparedness

It is up to us as citizens to be knowledgeable and prepared so that we can take care of ourselves and our families in the event of an emergency.
It is up to us as citizens to be knowledgeable and prepared so that we can take care of ourselves and our families in the event of an emergency.

Industrial accidents, chemical spills and even natural-hazard events like floods can occur with little or no warning. It is up to us as citizens to be knowledgeable and prepared so that we can take care of ourselves and our families in the event of an emergency. Being prepared means being informed about risks in our communities and knowing what to do during and after an emergency.

6.1 Hazardous Spills or Releases

6.2 Emergency Preparedness

6.3 Identifying Environmental Hazards

If you discover something you think may be a hazardous spill or release which may pose an immediate danger, call 911. Other points of contact include:
National Response Center: 1-800-424-8802
LDEQ Single Point of Contact: 1-888-763-5424
local: 225-219-3640 during business hours
or 225-342-1234 outside of business hours
Hazardous Material Hotline: 1-800-925-6595

Key Points 

  • An emergency spill can include accidental oil, gas or chemical spills, radiological or biological discharges, or the release of pollutants
  • Containers that contain hazardous material will be colored-coded to explain their particular hazard.
  • Be prepared ahead of time with an emergency kit and evacuation route, so that in an emergency you and your family know where to go and what to do.

Be Involved

  • Sign up for emergency alerts for your parish or community through your parish OEP website or office.
  • Review emergency plan recommendations at ready.gov and getagameplan.org.
  • Learn how to “shelter in place” in case of an emergency.
  • Be aware of the specific threats that may be present in your community such as nearby industrial facilities or rail lines, and have plans in place for potential emergencies.

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