Home for the Holidays
As the holiday season approaches, I want to personally take this time to acknowledge our staff and thank them for their important contribution to this office and our community. I want to thank each and every one of our deputies and civilian staff for their hard work and encourage you to do the same when you see them.
Their hard work and dedication to our office and our community is something we are all very thankful for - not just during the holiday season, but all year-round. It has been a particularly difficult year for everyone, and we believe it is very important to show our appreciation to those around us and especially to all essential workers.
I would also like to acknowledge our community for their tremendous support and efforts in helping make our area a safer place to live and raise a family. We appreciate your input and assistance and are happy to know our website is an important information resource to so many of you.
When considering traveling home for the holidays, please keep in mind that COVID-19 is still existent in the world and in our community. If you are traveling, please remember to wash your hands frequently, avoid close contact with others, and wear a cloth face covering in public. For more information on how to remain safe during your travels, read this CDC article: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html
As the CDC states, "staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19." With the latest technology, you can always see your family and friends for the holidays via video chat, while remaining safely in your own homes.
If you do decide to travel, keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Buckle your seatbelt always.
- Don't drink and drive - even one alcoholic drink can reduce your abilities and impair your judgment.
- Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel - Using your cellphone, eating, changing music stations, and digging for items in the floorboard or back seat can lead to trouble. Instead, pull over and take a break.
- Be courteous - because of the volume of vehicles on the road, you're bound to run into a few traffic jams, be cut off, or be forced to stop short - remain calm and courteous - don't let other drivers ruin your holidays
Have a safe, happy & healthy holiday season.
Sheriff Douglas L. Hebert, III
It has been brought to our attention that two male subjects from the FCI Oakdale II Prison Satellite Camp in Oakdale have escaped from custody. Arthur Vargas, Jr. and Joshua Galvan escaped from the Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution on East Whatley Road in Oakdale between 5 am -10 am today.
Vargas and Galvan are from the San Antonio, Texas area.
The subjects are believed to have left the area and are no longer within Allen Parish. If you see these two men, please do not approach them, call 911 or one of the number listed below.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Arthur Vargas, Jr. or Joshua Galvan should contact the Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution at 318-335-4466, also the Allen Parish Sheriff's Office @ 337-639-4353 or Oakdale Police Dept. @ 318-335-0290.
BE SAFE and GOD BLESS!!
Phone service has been restored to normal.
As we are coming out of the response to this storm, we are faced with the task of recovering from this. We are doing our best to assess all damages in our Parish. As we assess these damages, we would like to make sure not to miss anyone who may have suffered some kind of damage to their home.
As always you can call the Sheriff's Office to make a report, but you can also call your local city hall to make these reports. GOHSEP has provided a link to put this information in by us or you can do this yourself.
This is the link: DAMAGE.LA.GOV
In addition, as we proceed, we need to let you know that FEMA is back at the Civic Center in Oberlin, La. To assist you with your FEMA claim needs.
A document to assist you with self-filing is provided here to help if you are unable to get to Oberlin, to file a claim with FEMA
As we are proceeding into some kind of normal in the parish. Power is being slowly restored to most. Unfortunately some will still be without power for a little longer.
We have decided to close the Elizabeth, Oakdale, Oberlin and Kinder PODs. Our goal is to get our local economy restarted.
The PODS at Reeves and Grant shall remain open longer due to the lack of power in those areas. If you need these supplies that are at these sites, please utilize them and go to those POD locations.
PODs are in operation from 8am to 4pm daily until the are closed.
BE SAFE AND GOD BLESS!!
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has reinstated signups for Operation Blue Roof for Cameron, Calcasieu, Vernon, Jefferson Davis, Beauregard, and Allen Parishes for a period of 14 days starting Oct. 11.
A new reinitiated right of entry (ROE) will be required for homes with previously installed temporary roofs after Hurricane Laura, and sustained damages from Hurricane Delta. Also, homeowners within the six eligible parishes may apply, even if there was not temporary roofing installed following Hurricane Laura.
Call 888-roof-blu, 888-766-3258 or visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof. The deadline is Oct. 24.