Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Isaac on the area, and as a precautionary measure, Vernon Parish declared a state of emergency at approximately 2:30 p.m. yesterday, allowing the parish to prepare for the storm.

Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Isaac on the area, and as a precautionary measure, Vernon Parish declared a state of emergency at approximately 2:30 p.m. yesterday, allowing the parish to prepare for the storm.
Since Monday, the parish has been preparing for Isaac’s impact on the area. Parish crews have been working throughout the parish and staging equipment to mobilize in the event that they are needed. The Vernon Parish Fire District has also been preparing and staging their equipment
As of 8 a.m., the Parish Maintenance Department has provided 2,317 filled sand bags and 75 empty sand bags to parish residents. The parish has also provided the city of Leesville with 4,000 bags and the town of New Llano with 1000 bags and four loads of sand. We currently have approximately 8,000 bags available to residents and are in the process of acquiring more. Sand bags are available until 4 p.m. today at 602 Alexandria Hwy and are limited to 25 per household. For more information on the sand bags, please contact (337) 239-9933.
Any downed trees or other road obstructions should be reported to the Parish Maintenance Department at (337) 239-9933 or the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office at (337) 238-1311.
Currently the closest emergency shelter to Leesville is the LSUA Center State Emergency Shelter located at 8125 La. 71 South, Alexandria, Louisiana. The shelter is currently open and will take drive ups. Cots, blankets and 3 meals a day are provided.  You may bring your medicine, toiletries and additional blankets. This is also a Special Medical Needs Shelter and has nurses on staff.
For other shelter information you may go to Redcross.org and enter your address or zip code for a list of the closest Red Cross shelters.