EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

The City of Central works diligently to be prepared for any disaster that can occur. We work to build relationships with our regional, state, and federal partners to ensure smooth emergency response and disaster recovery operations.  

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Season: June 1st - Novemeber 30th

Hurricane Hazards

While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depression also can be devastating. The primary hazards from tropical cyclones (which include tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes) are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents.

  • Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast.

  • Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries.

  • Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.

  • Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material, and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.

  • Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.

  • Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone's strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore. (Weather.gov) 

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EVACUATION

PLANNING

FLOODING PREPAREDNESS

What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared:A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property. (weather.gov)

TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN!!!

 

KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING

USEFUL LINKS: 

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:

CITY HALL: 225-261-5988

 MUNICIPAL SERVICES: 225-262-5000

 PUBLIC WORKS : 225-262-5000

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES: 911

CENTRAL POLICE DEPARTMENT: 225-367-1254

CENTRAL FIRE DEPARTMENT: 225-261-2000

CENTRAL SHERIFF SUBSTATION: (225) 389-5176

DEMCO: 1-800-693-3626

ENTERGY: 1-800-968-8243  

GAS UTILITY DISTRICT: 225-654-5205

BATON ROUGE WATER COMPANY: 225-925-2011

EBR PARISH REQUEST FOR SERVICES - 311

LOUISIANA ONE CALL "KNOW BEFORE YOU DIG" - 811

LOUISIANA TRAVELER INFORMATION - 511 

BE PREPARED FOR POTENTIAL THREATS

TORNADO

ACTIVE

SHOOTER

CHEMICAL

BIOTERRORISM

CYBER SECURITY

EXPLOSION

EXTREME HEAT

HAZARDOUS 

MATERIALS

PANDEMIC

NUCLEAR 

POWER PLANT

SPACE

WEATHER

DROUGHT

SNOW STORM

POWER

OUTAGES

RADIOLOGICAL

DISPERSION 

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ABOUT US

The City of Central incorporated on July 11,  2005.  The City of Central has a population of approximately 28,000.   

ADDRESS

CITY HALL 

13421 Hooper Road, Suite 8

Central, LA 70818

225.261.5988

CITY SERVICES

6703 Sullivan Road

Central, LA 70739

 225.262.5000

 

CENTRAL POLICE DEPT

13505 Hooper Rd

Central, LA 70818

225.367.1254

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