Tangipahoa Parish
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness


Group Flood Insurance

Survivors of the August 2016 floods may automatically receive Group Flood Insurance coverage if they have claimed disaster assistance for a home or personal belongings which was not covered by flood insurance.

You may receive Group Flood Insurance coverage if you:

o   Live in a flood-prone area;

o   Do not have flood insurance;

o   Suffered property damage from the August flooding;

o   Are approved for FEMA disaster assistance; and

o   You were denied a loan from the U.S. Small Business Administratio

If you meet all these conditions, you will receive Group Flood Insurance coverage for a three-year period ending October 13, 2019. The premium will be deducted from your FEMA disaster assistance grant.

Renters will also receive Group Flood Insurance if they intend to return to their rental propertyGroup Flood Insurance provides damage coverage up to $33,000. You can upgrade your coverage — up to $250,000 — by purchasing an individual flood insurance policy. If you choose to purchase an individual policy, your Group Flood Insurance will be canceled.

FEMA gives applicants a 60-day notice of policy expiration and a final notice of termination of coverage. When the Group Flood Insurance Policy expires, the applicant is responsible for purchasing and maintaining flood insurance on their own.  Failure to maintain flood insurance will affect applicant eligibility for future disaster assistance.

For more information on the Group Flood Insurance program or flood insurance in general, call the FEMA at800-621-3362 and press #2. You can also go online at www.floodsmart.gov.

Road Closures

For Current CONFIRMED Road Closures please click on the link below for Parish Roads.


Disaster Assistance

All damage should be reported directly to FEMA. Tangipahoa Parish Gov. will no longer be taking the assessment information. Contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or online at www.disasterassistance.gov


This is only a preliminary application and does not constitute a guarantee that funding will be provided or that a grant will be approved.

Tangipahoa Parish President, Robby Miller, would like to encourage flood victims interested in elevating their residence to fill out a preliminary application.
The parish would like to have these applications on file should we receive Hazard Mitigation Funds from FEMA in the future.  These grants typically require a cost share from the homeowner.  The time required to get these projects funded can be lengthy; however, collecting this information is vital towards the recovery process during a disaster.
If you have any questions, you can contact the Tangipahoa Parish Permit Office. 985-542-2117.


Emergency Preparedness Guide

CERT Training

Looking for a place to serve your community? 

We invite you to become a part of an exciting team of volunteers right here in your own community. 

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is made up of volunteers just like you.  

The training is FREE! 

Training includes Introduction to CERT, Disaster Physiology, Terrorism Awareness, Basic Fire Suppression, Light Search and Rescue, Medical Trige and First Aid - CPR. 

Think about it, what better way to give back to your community, just by giving up a few hours to serve in such a great organization by becoming a CERT member.  

Please share this exciting information with your friends, co-workers, and congregations...   

Classes for 2015 are still undetermined at this time. Check back for more updates.

To register CLICK HERE or call Vicki Travis (Tangipahoa OEP Office) @ 985-748-3211 / email: vtravis@tangipahoa.org


Tangipahoa Parish 9-1-1 officially launch the parish's new Smart911.

Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens to create a Safety Profile for their household that can include any information they may want 9-1-1 call takers and first responders to have in the event of an emergency.  

Once enrolled, residents who use the Smart911 program when they call 9-1-1 will have their Safety Profile automatically display on the call taker’s screen, saving critical seconds and even minutes in response to the emergency.

This free service is now available to all citizens in Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes on line at www.smart911.com.


Contact Us

Dawson PrimesHomeland Security Director

Vicki TravisHomeland Security Deputy Director

Office Phone:  985-748-3211

Fax: 985-748-7050

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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. 






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Functions like a weather radio, but with unique local alerts from emergency officials.  These alerts and messages could include NWS severe weather warnings, homeland security notices, hurricane evacuation instructions, Amber Alerts, or school closings. The emergency information is sent out by federal, state, or local government agencies or by companies wishing to distribute information.

Bring T-Gator to your school

The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LOHSEP) has developed a program called “Get a Game Plan” to reach Louisiana citizens, businesses, and even our children, to help us be prepared in the event of an emergency.

GOHSEP has reached out to each parish with an active Citizen Corps program, and Tangipahoa Parish is included.  The Tangipahoa Parish Citizen Corps is presenting a children’s version of the “Get a Game Plan” program to schools in the parish, with T-Gator as the mascot.  Any school may request the program, which has been a big hit so far.  The organization has made presentations at Independence Head Start, Holy Ghost Catholic School, and the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation luncheon.

 For more information or to request the program at your school, please contact Vickie Travis at (985) 748-3211.