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”.

Wally has a simple message: In an emergency involving hazardous materials, it’s often 
smarter to shelter in place rather than run away from the problem. Wally and his traveling companion, Swamp Sally, teach children to go inside, listen to the television and radio and stay off the phone. 

The Wally Wise Guy education program funded by Ascension Parish Chemical Industry’s CAER Committee targets school children in grades PK - 2nd grade in Ascension Parish. 

In addition to having a visit from Wally, children in Wally’s program receive gifts which highlight his message. But more importantly, the children learn how to protect themselves in the event of an emergency. 

With his green face, yellow belly, red and yellow baseball cap, purple shirt, red tennis shoes and ready smile, Wally wins the hearts of his audience, the young and the young at heart. And because each audience is unique, Wally’s message was developed to be understood and enjoyed by all. 

Wally was developed by the Deer Park Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) in Texas and brought to Ascension Parish where he has since delivered his message to thousands of youngsters in the Parish. In fact, his message is spreading throughout the United States. Today, it is considered the most effective awareness program for teaching children how to shelter in place.