Community Information

Important Articles

Below are a list of important articles that the community may need to access regularly.


Shelter in Place

IF THERE IS A CHEMICAL EMERGENCY that could pose a threat to people who are near the chemical plants, the sirens will be activated, emitting a loud pulsing signal only in areas where immediate action is necessary.  The community Siren Emergency Alerting System is tested each Monday at noon. IF YOU HEAR THE SIREN at any other time, you should stay calm, but assume that a real emergency exists.
Then follow these steps:

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Ascension Parish Emergency Preparedness Guide

Helping our citizens learn how to be prepared for emergencies is a priority.  The Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has produced this all-hazards preparedness guide to generate public awareness and encourage you to develop your own initiatives for your family.

Download the Guide Below:

           ERG 2017 Part I           ERG 2017 Part 2          ERG 2017 Part 3           ERG 2017 Part 4


Meet Wally the Wise Guy


Wally Shows You How to Shelter In Place
  1. Go inside, close doors and windows, and turn off fans, air conditioners, and heaters.
  2. Listen to the television and radio for emergency messages and stay off the phone.
  3. Stay inside until the all clear is given.

Who knows better than a turtle that going into your shell is often the best first response for an emergency? That explains why Wally Wise Guy, a bigger-than-life character, is an effective tool for teaching local children about an important self-protective emergency response called “shelter in place”.

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Chemical Response Information

The Chemical Response Information was developed by the Ascension Parish Chemical Industry's Community Awareness & Emergency Response (CAER) committee as a quick reference for information on the primary chemicals utilized by the companies in Ascension parish.

This information Identifies the:

  • characteristics of the chemical
  • identifies the primary hazard associated with the chemical
  • lists the first aid information necessary to treat a person exposed
  • identifies protective equipment needed to safely handle the chemical
  • lists special precautions needed for each chemical
  • defines pertinent information regarding decontamination and waste disposal
  • identifies synonyms and proper identification numbers associated with the chemical
  • identifies doctors, associations, or other sources of information possibly needed

This information was compiled from and is available in the following references and various Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each chemical listed.

CAMEO - A computer-aided management of emergency operations tools developed by NOAA and the EPA. 
CAMEO can be obtained from

2016 Emergency Response Guidebook - A guidebook intended for use by first responders during the intial phase of a transportation incident involving dangerous goods/hazardous materials.  It can be seen in pdf at

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards - A publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. 
The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards can be obtained from 

webPOISONCONTROL - and online Poison Control resource to help determine if an exposure is poisonous.

This Response Guide is to be used as a quick resource and guide and does not intend to be a complete reference on these chemicals. More information may be available from the individual manufacturers and and the Louisiana Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222).