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Despite all appearances that the 2014 hurricane season will be a mild one with El Niño emerging to tame the height of the season, the National Weather Service and emergency planners aren’t letting their guard down. “It doesn’t take an active season to make it a bad one locally if we are hit by the only landfalling hurricane in the USA,” A n d y Patrick of the National We a t h e r Service told about 100 people Wednesday at a hurricane preparedness public forum sponsored by U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, along with the Port of Morgan City. Boustany holds forums annually in Lafayette, Lake Charles and Morgan City. “The bottom line is it almost seems like we’re due for one,” Patrick said. Patrick noted that in 1957 a moderate El Niño didn’t stop Category 4 Hurricane Audrey from forming. Likewise, Hurricane Andrew struck Homestead, Fla., as a Category 5 and Morgan City as a Category 3 in 1992, a neutral El Niño year. St. Mary Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Duval Arthur said the most important thing to do is to begin planning now. “Get a plan for you and for your family, and get a plan for you and your company,” he said. Have a place to go, bring enough supplies for three days along with important papers and insurance cards and remember that residents can’t return home until officials give the all-clear, he said. For businesses, he said it’s important in an evacuation for managers to have cell numbers for all employees as well as a list of their destinations. If an evacuation is called, the parish’s emergency notification system will call 29,553 phones, among them 1,716 cellphones, to alert the public. To register a cellphone for parish emergency alerts, visit the parish Office of Emergency Preparedness website at www.stmaryohsep.org. Arthur said St. Mary Parish residents without a way out will be able to evacuate to the Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria via school buses contracted from the St. Mary Parish School Board. The pickup locations are Morgan City Junior High and Franklin High School, he said. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. Click here for more photos.

Published by Daily Review May 15, 2014

Raymond M. “Mac” Wade, CPE, Employed by Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District as its new Executive Director 

MORGAN CITY, LA – At a Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District (“District”) held on August 28, 2013, Raymond M. “Mac” Wade, CPE, was named the new Executive Director for the District.

Mr. Wade replaces Jerry L. Hoffpauir who will be retiring from his position as Executive Director as of August 31, 2013. Mr. Hoffpauir has held this position since July 2006.

As Executive Director, Mac will work with the commissioners and local stakeholders to improve the efficiency of the river system. He will maintain communications with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Coast Guard, United States Customs and Border Protection, and local, parish, state and federal officials and others involved with waterway activities. Mac will work to foster economic development opportunities.

Mac was appointed as a commissioner for the District in 1987, and served for 24 years; 6 years as Vice President and his last 4 years on the Commission as its President. He has served as an Advisor to the Board the past two years.

Mac has earned recognition as a Certified Port Executive, having finished the course in March of 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mac has served his Country as a Staff Sargent in the Army Reserves for 6 years. For the past 38 years he has earned recognition, training and certificates in Project Management, Hazardous Waste Management, Communication Skills, Sales and Marketing training.

Mac has lived in Morgan City since 1975 and has been involved in the Oilfield and Environmental Industry. For the past 13 years, he has been employed by PSC Environmental Services as a National Account Manager working with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Army Corps of Engineers Emergency Rapid Response Services Division "ERRS" Contractors.

Mac is married to the former Karen Beadle and they have 2 children. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing and traveling.

Mac’s contact information:

Office - 985-384-0850, Extension 105
Cell – 985-498-9337
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A new tide station at the Martin Mainstream Fuel Services in Berwick officially is operational.  Tim Osborn of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration presented Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District Executive Director Jerry Hoffpauir a ceremonial key to the facility along with a framed letter of congratulations on the facility’s opening during Monday’s meeting. Information from the station can be found online at http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/geo.shtml?location=8764044. From left are Osborn, Hoffpauir, and Capt. Jonathan Burton, commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit, Morgan City, and captain of the port.

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Sheriff Mark Hebert attended the Port’s April meeting and thanked the Commissioners for the Port’s contribution with the Port Security Grant Program.

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Workers with Ardaman & Associates take soil samples using a drilling rig today at the site of the Port of Morgan City’s government operations and emergency center. The site is located on La. 182 next to the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium. Workers are drilling the hole to 150 feet, and they will drill more holes through Tuesday to test the soil for
stability. In the background is the car wash across from the auditorium. The center will cost $9.3 million and will be able to serve as an emergency command center that can house governmental agencies.
Published by Daily Review 04/24/14


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