Natural Disaster Preparedness

How We Prepare for Emergencies?



No one wants to think and worry about disasters. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can help ease any concerns. This fact sheet tells you how our community has prepared for emergencies.
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Our emergency plan includes procedures for communication. Notification of families in the event of an evacuation is part of that plan. We ask that you provide us with current phone numbers and/or email addresses. You can expect either a personal call or a recorded message. If you provide an email address, you may receive an email in addition to the phone call. In the event of an emergency, call lines may be busy. If all lines are in use at the time of your call, you can expect a recorded message telling you what procedures are in place.




  • Weather emergencies such as tornadoes, hurricanes and winter weather.
  • Security incidents such as bomb threats, terrorism and active shooters.
  • Natural disasters such as Hurricanes and floods.
All staff are trained on emergency procedures. They participate in drills and exercises to test their knowledge. Residents are welcomed to take part in drills so they can know what to expect in an actual emergency.
Evacuation versus Shelter-in-place


This community uses a standard approach to managing emergencies. The Executive Director serves as the Incident Commander. Department Heads serve specific roles during an emergency. They communicate with staff and local emergency management officials in order to make decisions. One major decision is whether to evacuate or shelter-in-place. The Executive Director makes the final decision.
In case of evacuation, we have procedures in place to ensure the safety of our residents. We have made arrangements in advance with other facilities and transportation services to ensure our residents have a safe place to go. Our nurses send important medical information with each resident. They keep a log of where each resident is sent. In case of immediate evacuation, such as with a large hurricane or fire, our evacuation site:


Regency House
3161 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
(318) 445-8343


For safety reasons, the Executive Director may decide to shelter-in-place. This may occur when there is not enough time to evacuate safely. Sometimes it may be safer inside the building. We have procedures in place to ensure adequate food, supplies, power and medications for our residents and staff for at least three days. We have made arrangements in advance to receive additional supplies or assistance, if needed.


Points of Interest
  • Emergency Generator powers the entire community, including air conditioning
  • The community’s base elevation is 200 feet above sea leave
  • The community did not flood during the historic flood in Ascension Parish, August 2016
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Lock-Down Procedures


Some situations will warrant the community to be placed on “lock-down”. During these situations, no one will be allowed to enter or leave the facility. Lock-downs may occur for many reasons, including (but not limited to) a hazardous chemical inside or outside the building, a weather-related event, or police action outside the building. In the event of a lock-down, please remain calm and follow any instructions from management staff or emergency personnel.


Please direct any questions regarding our emergency plan to:


Mike Champagne

Francois Bend Senior Living 

Executive Director

326 East Industry Street

Gonzales, La 70737

Phone: (448) 444-5353
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Fax: 225-644-9437


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