The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has distributed an updated Hurricane Resource Manual to all of the 64 parishes in the state. The manual contains information pertaining to hurricane/emergency recovery assistance as it relates to permitting, debris collection and environmental cleanup resources.
This is the second year the DEQ decided to compile the manual for parishes. Notably, it is then hand-delivered to parish emergency response officials by DEQ representatives in an effort to assist parish officials in following environmental regulations during emergency situations, while speeding up the recovery process. State officials wanted to be sure local leaders had the information at hand should the power go off or Internet access be knocked out.
The manual contains vital information such as: pre-approved debris sites and locations; directions on how to add a debris site; the DEQ Debris Management Plan; an example of the pertinent declaration of emergency; examples of a general permit and a short-term general permit, a list of sanitary waste water treatment facilities; an example of an incident action plan; re-entry information; a DEQ contact list; and an example of a variance application.
All parishes receive a manual with instructions on its use. The same information is also made available to the public on the DEQ website at www.deq.louisiana.gov and is updated annually.