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Report on Southern Louisiana Emergency Preparedness, Spring 2009

Report on Southern Louisiana Emergency Preparedness, Spring 2009

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Report on
Southern Louisiana EmergencyPreparedness
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About Disaster Accountability Project
The Disaster Accountability Project (DAP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of theUnited States disaster management systems through public accountability, citizen oversight and empowerment, whistle-blower engagement, and policy research and advocacy.
What We Do 
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Real-Time/Immediate Oversight
: DAP runs a toll-free hotline (866-9-TIP-DAP) that allows survivors and relief workersto report gaps or shortcomings in services in the immediate aftermath of disasters and works to get gaps addressed byresponsible agencies and organizations.
2) Policy Oversight:
DAP engages in informed and targeted policy oversight and advocacy to ensure that disasterplanning, law, and policy are comprehensive, inclusive, and reflect best practices and lessons learned from recentdisasters. Problems reported to the DAP hotline provide tangible and real-time examples that DAP works to addressthrough long-term policy change.
3) Citizen Engagement:
DAP engages citizens across the United States to ask informed questions, learn about local andregional preparedness efforts, and demand transparency and accountability in local disaster planning and managementsystems.
Our History 
As the most expensive, and arguably most devastating, natural disaster in modern U.S. history, Hurricane Katrinaexposed critical deficiencies in disaster management on all levels. These failures illustrated the dire need for publicaccountability in government agencies and nonprofit organizations responsible for disaster preparedness, response, relief,and recovery. At the time, no citizen watchdog existed to provide oversight to FEMA, the American Red Cross, and otheragencies and organizations that comprise the U.S. disaster management system. DAP was founded in 2007 to fill thatneed.DAP has been profiled and/or quoted in national, regional, and local media ranging from:ABC News, AP, Politico, HoustonChronicle, Baton Rouge Advocate, The Hartford Courant, Sun Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel, and public radiostations in Minnesota and Connecticut.In 2008, DAP received an Echoing Green Fellowship.
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Table of Contents
About Disaster Accountability Project...............................................................................................2
What We Do.........................................................................................................................................................................2Our History...........................................................................................................................................................................2
Executive Summary.............................................................................................................................4
Purpose................................................................................................................................................................................4Scope...................................................................................................................................................................................4Process................................................................................................................................................................................4Plan Evaluation Rubric.........................................................................................................................................................4Highlights..............................................................................................................................................................................6Overall Observations......................................................................................................................................................6Parish Highlights............................................................................................................................................................6Plan Accessibility............................................................................................................................................................7Compliance with Criteria................................................................................................................................................8Criterion Compliance......................................................................................................................................................9Notes, Provisos, and Corrections......................................................................................................................................10Acknowledgments..............................................................................................................................................................10
Individual Parish Reports..................................................................................................................11
Acadia Parish.....................................................................................................................................................................11Assumption Parish.............................................................................................................................................................13East Baton Rouge Parish...................................................................................................................................................15Iberia Parish.......................................................................................................................................................................17Iberville Parish....................................................................................................................................................................19Jefferson Parish.................................................................................................................................................................21Lafayette Parish.................................................................................................................................................................23Lafourche Parish................................................................................................................................................................26Livingston Parish................................................................................................................................................................29Orleans Parish...................................................................................................................................................................31Plaquemines Parish...........................................................................................................................................................34St. Bernard Parish..............................................................................................................................................................36St. Charles Parish..............................................................................................................................................................39St. James Parish................................................................................................................................................................42St. John the Baptist Parish.................................................................................................................................................44St. Martin Parish.................................................................................................................................................................47St. Mary Parish...................................................................................................................................................................49St. Tammany Parish...........................................................................................................................................................51Tangipahoa Parish.............................................................................................................................................................54Terrebonne Parish..............................................................................................................................................................57Vermilion Parish.................................................................................................................................................................60West Baton Rouge Parish..................................................................................................................................................62
Appendix: Aggregated Results
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