Ascension Parish residents will have a chance to provide comments on the parish’s emergency preparedness plans during a Monday meeting in Gonzales and by completing an online survey.

The meeting, set for 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ascension Parish Government Executive Council Chambers Courthouse East, 828 South Irma Blvd., is part of the parish’s efforts to update its Hazard Mitigation Plan, which describes an area’s vulnerability to various natural hazards and lists actions and projects for reducing key risks.

The plan, parish officials said, includes things residents and government agencies can do to be more protected in the future.

Examples of things that can be done to mitigate hazards are elevating buildings in flood hazard areas, installing hurricane clips and storm shutters, relocating critical facilities out of hazard areas and using fire-resistant construction materials in wildfire hazard areas, officials said in a news release. Hazard mitigation actions are essential to breaking the typical disaster cycle of damage, reconstruction and repeated damage, officials said. The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires states and local governments to have a hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible to apply for certain types of federal hazard mitigation project grants, the release said. Hazard mitigation plans must be implemented on an ongoing basis and updated every five years.

Ascension Parish, in collaboration with the cities of Gonzales and Donaldsonville and town of Sorrento, is in the beginning stages of updating its hazard mitigation plan.

Parish residents are asked to participate in a survey about public perceptions and opinions regarding natural hazards in the parish. The survey results will be used in the development of the plan. The Web-based survey can be found at

For information, call Meredith Conger, Ascension Parish Homeland Security — Planning and Intelligence Section chief, at (225) 621-8360 or email