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This is your introduction paragraph. The Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) governs disaster preparedness. In St. Mary Parish, local emergency planning committees (LEPC) are comprised of elected state and local officials; police, fire, civil defense, and public health professionals; environment, transportation, and hospital officials; facility representatives; and representatives from community groups and the media (OHSEP, 2018).
The Committee (this is a subtitle based off of the content to be covered)
In the parish of St. Mary, this committee is a hierarchical organization and is composed of the following persons:
· Duval Arthur (Chairman) St. Mary Parish Government OHSEP Director serves on the Town Council in Berwick, and Retired United States Army Sergeant Major. Completed the LEM Certification and is a Graduate of Nicholls State University.
· Paul Rappmundt (Member) OHSEP Assistant Director, Civil Air Patrol Wing Commander, trained Law Enforcement Officer and in Fire Rescue. Self-employed business owner (P & K Machine Shop)
· Kayla Guerrero (Member) Region 3 Office of Public Health, Public Health Nurse, assisted Parish OEP with Evacuations and Sheltering.
· Jimmy Broussard (Member) Retired Lieutenant Colonel with the LA Nat Guard, Retired Captain with the Franklin Police Department. Now serving as a Deputy Sheriff in Special Operations and Maintains the 700-800 radios for the Sheriff’s Office. Also serves on the State SEIC Interoperable Communications Commission.
· Mark Judice (Member) Interim Safety Director, Franklin Foundation Hospital.
· Janet Marcotte (Secretary) OHSEP Administrative Assistant has worked for St. Mary Parish Government directly serving as OHSEP Secretary. Handles Emergency Passes for Tier I and II, and Inventory of Emergency Equipment for the Parish.
· Joan Simon (Member) has been working in the OHSEP Section for several years. She is an active volunteer for the American Red Cross.
· Shawn Scott (Member) Shawn is currently Safety Manager, Cabot Corporation. .
· Daryl Perry (Member) presently serves Retired Chief of the Bayou Vista Fire Department but remains actively involved.
· Vanessa Pritchett (Member) Vanessa has been the News Reporter of the Franklin Banner Tribune for several years (OHSEP, 2018).
Goals of the Plan (another subtitle)
The goals of the LEPC are to develop a comprehensive hazardous materials emergency response plan for our community; to be effective, planning must be an ongoing activity; receive and record information about chemical releases; collect, manage, and provide public access to information on hazardous chemicals in our area, educate the public about the risks from accidental and routine releases of chemicals and work with facilities to minimize the risks (OHSEP, 2018).
Hurricanes, flooding, and hazmat recovery are disasters that the committee is prepared to address (OHSEP, 2018). Information about the plans is disseminated through the local news stations, radio stations, and St. Mary parish’s emergency notification system, CodeRed, which citizens of the parish can sign up for to receive the latest notifications regarding disasters (OHSEP, 2018).
Meeting the Populations Needs (subtitle)
The Emergency Preparedness Plan in St. Mary Parish is adequate to meet the population’s needs should a disaster occur. Persons with special needs should register or call 337-828-4100 ext. 136 (OHSEP, 2018). The National Council on Disability (NCD) works closely with FEMA and are well aware of the personal and professional commitment to the safety of people with disabilities before, during, and after emergencies (NCD, 2017).
The American Red Cross reports that the internet, including online news sites and social media platforms, is the third most popular way for Americans to gather emergency information and let their loved ones know they are safe (OHSEP, 2018). Through the use of everyday technology, individuals, families, responders and organizations can successfully prepare for, adapt to and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies and/or disasters (OHSEP, 2018). With effective planning, it is possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones and manage your financial affairs (OHSEP, 2018). Citizens are able to sign up for FEMA text messages by texting PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) (OHSEP, 2018).
Educating the Public (subtitle)
As a masters prepared nurse, joining the committee and educating citizens how to be prepared for disasters, should they occur, would benefit the parish. Working with the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) would also be beneficial to help educate the citizens what disasters the population may encounter depending on their specific location, what to do for each possible disaster, what to take when evacuating, when to go, where to go, and how to go (DHH, 2018).
Conclusion (conclusion paragraph summarized top points of paper)
Department of Health and Hospitals. (2018). Emergency Preparedness Information. Retrieved from http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/1422
National Council on Disability (NCD). (2017). Emergency management. Retrieved from https://ncd.gov/policy/emergency-management
Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP). (2018). Welcome to St. Mary Parish OHSEP. Retrieved from http://www.stmaryohsep.org/
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