Parish President To Open Last Resort Evacuation Shelter 6pm 9/14/20
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller
AMITE—In response to the need created by the approach of Hurricane Sally, Parish President Robby Miller announced this afternoon that Tangipahoa Parish is prepared to open one last resort evacuation shelter.
“With this dangerous storm approaching, we simply will not stand by and fail to protect our most vulnerable residents,” Miller said, adding that this evacuation shelter is truly a “last resort” for those without other friends or family who can take them in right now.
The shelter is scheduled to open at 6 p.m. today at Hammond Westside Montessori School (2600 PFC Matthew Wildes Street) in Hammond.
The evacuation site will adhere to strict COVID-19 protocols, including having all occupants wear PPE while under roof.
“We are not only trying to protect residents from the extreme weather conditions but also from this novelcorona virus,” Miller said. “That is why we are asking residents to only utilize the evacuation shelter as a final resort. If there is anyone else you can bunk with to ride out the storm, it is preferable you do so without having to come to a shelter.”
All evacuees must bring their own blankets and pillows, toiletries, medicines, and enough food for at least 48 hours. Comfort items will not be provided, and cots will only be distributed to those who are pregnant or elderly.
For more information on storm preparations in Tangipahoa Parish, stay tuned toTangipahoa.org and the Tangipahoa Parish Government social media channels.