Mayor-President Broome meets with RBA officials on hurricane preparedness
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and East Baton Rouge parish officials discussed hurricane preparedness for the upcoming season.
With the announcement of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness as part of a state homeland security program, federal grant funds have been allocated to train and equip local personnel to emergency response to better prepare for the upcoming hurricane season and expand the core capabilities of East Baton Rouge Parish.
EBR Parish has improved and expanded the ability to respond quickly to emergencies through the use of specialized technical rescue devices. These specialized services provide each department with the ability to minimize injury or loss of life while protecting the health, safety and well-being of citizens.
“We all know firsthand that working together is necessary for the safety and security of East Baton Rouge Parish. The relationships we build and share with our local first responders are key to making every area of East Baton Rouge Parish a safe place. Through this grant, the safety and well-being of the residents of East Baton Rouge Parish will be amplified,” said Mayor-President Broome.
The $108,022.00 grant from the State’s Homeland Security Grant Program was used to train and equip local emergency response personnel to respond to incidents such as water rescue, search and rescue and structural collapse.
Additionally, the Department of Public Works is prepared for the 2022 hurricane season. All departments have reviewed and updated their hurricane checklists based on our previous hurricane experiences. Emergency contacts are in place and sandbag operations have been improved.
Since June 2021, 14.7 million pounds of debris have been removed from 54.3 miles of storm drains and 20,000 cubic meters of debris removed from Bayou Manchac, which drains much of the southern half of ‘East Baton Rouge.
“Significant progress has been made in cleaning and repairing our stormwater conveyance system and we expect it to perform as designed. We are ready to meet the needs of City-Parish residents during the 2022 hurricane season,” said Mayor Broome.
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