Site-Specific Environmental Assessment Vermilion Parish Abbeville General Hospital Safe Room Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana
Vermilion Parish has applied for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding through the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness under application number HMGP-DR-1786-LA Project #160. These funds are made available as a result of the federal disaster declaration that followed the landfall of Hurricane Gustav in September 2008. Wind damage was significant in areas from the south-central coast of Louisiana through greater Baton Rouge with this hurricane. Power was knocked out for days, some areas longer, across this region, with numerous trees down and other related wind damage. Tornadoes were reported in St. Tammany and Jefferson Parishes with several structures being damaged. Storm surge was a significant problem in parts of coastal Louisiana and along tidal lakes and rivers as Gustav moved onshore. Heavy rainfall affected parts of the state as well, including West Baton Rouge, Orleans, St. Tammany, and Vermilion Parishes.
Section 404 (HMGP) of the Robert T. Stafford Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5170c, authorizes FEMA to provide funding to eligible grant applicants for cost effective activities that have the purpose of reducing or eliminating risks to life and property from hazards and their effects. Mitigation grant program regulations and guidance that implement these authorities identify various types of hazard mitigation projects or activities that meet this purpose and may be eligible for funding. These projects represent a range of activities that protect structures, the contents within those structures, and/or the lives of their occupants.
The purpose of the proposed project is to provide near-absolute life safety protection for the hospital personal and patients that cannot be relocated prior to, during, and after a hurricane event. Vermilion Parish Abbeville General Hospital’s (AGH) ability to safely house and protect their personal and patients will prevent a lapse in the availability of medical services and will ensure the overall health of the community can be effectively managed during and immediately after an event. The city of Abbeville is located northeast within the parish along a main access road, Highway 14. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the population of Abbeville is 12,446 (2014 estimate), and the Vermilion Parish population is 59,875 (2015 estimate).The Vermilion Parish Hazard Mitigation Plan (VPHMP) (March 2011) identifies hurricanes/tropical storms as one of the more frequent hazards for the parish. As such, safe rooms for critical facilities are identified in the action plan. There have been 15 hurricane/tropical storms affecting the area since 1957, according to VPHMP submitted with the application.
This draft SEA has been prepared to analyze the potential consequences to the natural and human environment associated with the Proposed Action, the No Action Alternative, and other potential alternatives per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 United States Code [USC] 55 parts 4321 et seq., 2000), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 30 parts 1500 et seq., 2004), and 44 CFR Emergency Management and Assistance Ch. I Part 10.
|Notice of Availability of the Draft Site Specific Environmental Assessment for the Abbeville General Hospital Safe Room Project Vermilion Parish, Louisiana|
Notice of Availability of the Draft Site Specific Environmental Assessment for the Abbeville General Hospital Safe Room Project Vermilion Parish, Louisiana
HMGP-DR-1786-LA, Project #160
|Draft Tiered Site-Specific Environmental Assessment Vermilion Parish Abbeville General Hospital Safe Room Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana|
Draft Tiered Site-Specific Environmental Assessment Vermilion Parish Abbeville General Hospital Safe Room Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. HMGP-DR-1786-LA PROJECT # 160, August 2016
|Appendix A: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI); Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Hazard Mitigation Safe Room Construction|
Appendix A: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI); Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Hazard Mitigation Safe Room Construction
|Appendix B: Agency Correspondence|
Appendix B: Agency Correspondence
|Appendix C: 500-Year Elevation Determination|
Appendix C: 500-Year Elevation Determination