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St. Bernard Parish Government News

Contributed by St. Bernard Parish Government

St. Bernard Parish residents with Special Needs are eligible for assistance in evacuating should a mandatory evacuation be called, either due to a hurricane or another type of emergency which might arise in the parish. Parish President Guy McInnis urges those who need help evacuating to register with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness by calling 278-4268. We will send you the necessary forms which must be completed and returned to the office.

We also have our Special Needs Forms and instructions on our website, http://www.sbpg.net, on the Homeland Security Page. Click on the Evacuation Assistance Button on the right side of the screen, then click print. Read and follow the instructions carefully when filling out the form. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.

In order to be eligible for this program you must process a valid ID or driver’s license. If you do not have a valid ID or driver’s license you will be processed by the St. Bernard Parish Sheriffs’ Office for identification purposes.

Forms are held for one year, from hurricane season to hurricane season.  If it has been a year since you filled out a form, it is your responsibility to fill out a current form and return it to us. Also, if your contact information changes (address and telephone number) or if your circumstances have changed since you last filled out a form, please fill out a new form and forward to the following address: St. Bernard Parish Government, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, 8201 W. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, LA 70043, ATTN: CTN Program Manager.

Those with Special Needs would include two categories: Residents who require a degree of medical care that exceeds that of general population, such as the disabled, the infirmed or those who are electrically dependent and/or residents who do not otherwise have transportation to get them to a bus pick-up area where they would be taken to a shelter outside of St. Bernard Parish.

It is important that Special Needs residents pre-register with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to insure transportation. “If you do not have transportation, we need to know about it,” McInnis said.

Residents who register with the program would be evacuated in the time period of 60-54 hours before tropical force winds make landfall on the Louisiana coastline, according to the St. Bernard Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

It is your responsibility to listen to the public service announcements which will give you specific directions, as the hurricane approaches.

Once we hit the 50-hour mark prior to landfall, the parish will not be able to provide transportation and residents will have to find another means of getting out of the parish. This is why we are getting the word out early.

Community and civic organizations interested in meeting with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness concerning this program are welcomed to call our office at 504-278-4268 to set up a time when we can meet with your group.

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The St. Bernard Parish Government Office of Tourism and Film, the St. Bernard Parish Tourist Commission, and the Fazendeville Committee have worked collaboratively to produce a marker commemorating Fazendeville, the first known settlement established in St. Bernard Parish following the Civil War to house recently freed formerly enslaved people. The marker was funded by a grant from the St. Bernard Parish Tourist Commission. Fazendeville was located on the grounds of the Chalmette Battlefield, a unit of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park in Chalmette. The dedication ceremony took place along St. Bernard Highway in front of the Chalmette Battlefield Monday, April 19, 2021, 10 a.m. The ceremony was free and open to the public.

The settlement was established by and named for Jean Pierre Fazende, Jr., a descendant of the free person of color community active in the business life of the New Orleans region before and after the Civil War. Fazende wanted to break the cycle of plantation life and dependence, recognizing that the transition from slavery to freedom was to be an arduous process. He subdivided the tract in 1867 – 1868. The Battleground Baptist Church was chartered in 1868 and by the 1870s; there was a general store, school and a growing community of black people. Those who settled there became tradespeople and were highly respected for their integrity and strong work ethic. “Generations of the same families continued to inhabit the village until the Department of the Interior acquired the entire village through a variety of means, including exercising the “right of eminent domain” to expand the Chalmette Battlefield in 1964-65.”

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The St. Bernard Bird Festival will offer birding excursions by experienced bird guides on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The birding tours will organize at the Los Islenos Museum Complex, located at 1357 Bayou Road, St. Bernard La., 70085.

The tours will focus on the neo-tropical bird species which migrate through St. Bernard at this time of the year.

A more extensive bird festival, including capturing and banding of birds and exhibits, will resume next year.

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