Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Thibodaux Chief of Police Scott Silverii announced there will be a multi-agency emergency response exercise held at E.D. White Catholic High School and the surrounding area during the morning of Wednesday, June 5. The drill will begin around 8 a.m. and should conclude around noon. There will be a large influx of law enforcement and medical personnel in the area around the school, so residents are asked for their understanding and cooperation and to not to be alarmed it is only an exercise.
In light of the city-wide bomb threat that occurred in Thibodaux last year, various representatives from area law enforcement, medical, school board, city and state agencies have been meeting regularly to plan this event to ensure the continued safety of our children and our community.
This is part of our continued effort to be transparent and accountable to the community we serve, said Chief Scott Silverii. Last year someone threatened this community. They were met with the ferocious community spirit we all share.
Our agencies often train for disastrous situations we hope to never encounter, but we must be prepared in case they do, said Sheriff Webre. We will have first responders, actors, and even area media outlets participating in the event itself to ensure the exercise seem as realistic as possible to test the participants reactions and decision-making skills.
A large number of area agencies will be participating in this event, including the Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Office, Thibodaux Police Department, Golden Meadow Police Department, Port Fourchon Harbor Police, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Probation and Parole, Nicholls State University, Lafourche Parish School Board, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, Acadian Ambulance, Lafourche Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, Governors Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the Louisiana Emergency Response Network. A number of other agencies will also be participating in the event, helping to control the simulation and observe.
Student volunteers are also participating in the exercise, and responders will be setting up an Operations Center in the nearby area. This is an exercise, but responders will be treating it as a real life scenario. Area residents can observe, but Police will have certain areas blocked off.