Morgan City holds hurricane preparedness meeting
MORGAN CITY, La. — Once sustained winds from a storm hit 55 mph, the city’s fire and police departments will not be able to respond with officers or firefighters on the streets, Fire Chief Morris Price and Police Chief Travis Crouch said at a city hurricane preparedness meeting Monday.
City officials discussed the preparations needed in the event of a storm along with St. Mary Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness director Duval Arthur, who went over the parish’s plans.
Arthur said the parish follows the same guidelines as the Morgan City fire and police departments as far as not being able to send personnel during more than 55 mph sustained winds.
Morgan City Junior High School and Franklin High School have been designated as pickup points to evacuate people who need transport if evacuation is deemed necessary, Arthur said.
Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi said the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office will provide help to assist the city with storm management.
Crouch said if evacuation is required for a storm inmates will be transported to different facilities 36 hours before the projected impact of the storm.
Arthur said during a storm there will be a “shelter of last resort” for parish residents to go to if needed. The shelter will be determined once the impact point of the storm is known, Arthur said. The Morgan City Municipal Auditorium, Franklin Recreation Center and Berwick Civic Complex are possible locations for the shelter.
City chief administrative officer Marc Folse said the city must document every hour of work performed and what each city employee was doing in order to receive reimbursement from FEMA during a storm.