Over the last decade, LCA has worked to identify our members’ needs during the pre-landfall, “ride out,” and post-storm stages of a hurricane emergency. We have learned many valuable lessons in the wakes of storms Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Isaac. However, while some aspects of hurricane preparedness in our industry remain constant, we can still learn more. Based on the industry growth we are experiencing along with perpetual advancements in technology, the needs in addressing certain aspects of a hurricane emergency may have changed significantly within a short period of time. LCA wanted to proactively address the issue of hurricane emergency preparedness while also focusing on “business continuity” as an objective. We want to assist our members in doing everything they can to maintain business operations as safely, smoothly, and seamlessly as possible in the event of a hurricane emergency. Below, we have created the LCA Hurricane Emergency Preparedness Information Exchange, which identifies the most significant hurricane emergency preparedness needs of our LCA member plants and matches those with LCIA member companies that have capabilities to address those needs through the goods and services they provide.
While we always hope for a safe, uneventful hurricane season, it never hurts to be prepared. The information provided herein could very well save some lives or minimize the costs and downtime LCA plants experience when the situation of a serious hurricane emergency presents intself in Louisiana again.
LCA MEMBERS’ KEY HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS NEEDS
- Ensure access for employees post-storm with state police and parish officials
- DOT pre-waivers to allow shipments/heavy equipment to access plants
- DEQ pre-waivers to ship/dispense onsite gasoline or diesel to employees
- Helpful Environmental Provisions
- Clear instructions to employees concerning returning to work
- Contact with process feedstock suppliers before plant shutdown
- Mobile/emergency communications
- Contact with displaced employees
- Teleconferences with local/state officials regarding status of emergency plans and upcoming decisions
- Having “hotline” number available for employees to receive updates on during storm
- Current contact info of EOC, Mutual Aid Os, Homeland Security, local government and parish officials
Health and Safety
- Emergency Medical Care
- Protection of on-site ride out crew
- Sandbagging and flood protection from storm surge and/or heavy rain
- Stockpiling of food, water, fuel
- Identification of Cat 5 capable buildings with supplies at those locations for the ride out crew
- Electrical Power/Industrial generators
- Maintaining sufficient level in all storage tanks (to prevent floating an empty tank)
- Natural gas power
- Protection of site resources during storm
- Inventory management
- Set up emergency generator retainer agreement
- Make arrangements for gasoline/diesel fuel sourcing
- Safe complex shutdown/secure and prepare ride out crew
- Securing volunteers for the alert crew and ride out crew
- Emergency medical care
- Mobile / emergency communications and contact with displaced employees.
- Electrical power / industrial generators
- Gasoline and diesel fuel for plant operation and employees.
- Natural Gas and process gases like hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen.
- Food catering and MREs, potable water, and housing for employees: trailers, hotels etc.
- Alternative payroll distribution systems and financial assistance for employees
- Airborne damage and safety assessment capabilities
- DEQ approved debris management and disposal
- Logistical Services: rail, truck, and barge transport
- Armed and/or additional security personnel