Throughout the year, TCOA registers and maintains a database with pick-up information of all Terrebonne residents that need evacuation assistance with particular attention to the elderly and those with special needs. TCOA’s role in this endeavor with the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government and the Office of Emergency Preparedness is to provide pre-evacuation registration and to compile a database.
Our community’s proximity to the coast makes us, and the elders who live here, extremely vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes. The first priority is to make sure our elders and disabled adults get to safety ahead of a storm. TCOA provides the database and 10 vehicles from its fleet and prints manifests with pick-up information for emergency personnel to utilize to transport residents to H.L Bourgeois school for evacuation out of the parish.
The Terrebonne Council on Aging also maintains a warehouse, built after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, to house storm-recovery items donated by charitable organizations and others. This allows TCOA to help with long-term storm recovery. 70% of the warehouse is dedicated to disaster supplies and 30% is dedicated to TCOA needs.
Who receives disaster services?
- Any Terrebonne Parish resident aged 60 and older with disaster-related needs.
For Pre-Registration ONLY – Please call Terrebonne Council on Aging at (985) 868-8411 Ext 217
For more information on this service, the brochures are available here:
Did You Know?
The Terrebonne Council on Aging’s warehouse was built to solve a problem that arose after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Relief agencies and other communities donated items that had to be refused because the parish did not have storage space available at that time and subsequently was routed to other parishes. The TCOA-built warehouse fills that need.
Get Your Benefits Electronically
A disaster can disrupt mail service for days or weeks. If you depend on Social Security or other regular benefits, switching to electronic payments is a simple, important way to protect yourself financially before disaster strikes. It also eliminates the risk of stolen checks. The U.S. Department of the Treasury recommends two safer ways to get federal benefits:
- Direct deposit to a checking or savings account. If you get federal benefits you can sign up by calling 800-333-1795 or sign up online.
- The Direct Express® prepaid debit card is designed as a safe and easy alternative to paper.