On Monday, December 16, 2019 Vernon Parish was hit by an EF-3 tornado that caused significant damage to property in the south and southeast parts of Vernon Parish.

In addition, there was one loss of life, Mrs. Betty Patin, from the Rosepine area. The Vernon Parish Police Jury offers its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Patin and also asks for continued prayers for all of those affected by the storm. 

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019 the Vernon Parish Police Jury declared a State of Emergency in Vernon Parish and issued a Disaster Declaration. 

Immediately following the tornado, the Vernon Parish Police Jury, Vernon Parish Fire District #1, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Vernon Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness began working to clear roads, assess damage, and assist residents who suffered damages in the storm. These efforts will continue as needed and as necessary. 

The Red Cross is set up at First Baptist Church, 219 West 2nd Street, in DeRidder and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Affected residents from Vernon Parish can pick up donated items during those hours. Donations can also be made to assist those in need. 

The American Red Cross has been in Vernon Parish since Tuesday afternoon providing assistance and aid to the storm victims. They are still conducting damage assessments in the areas affected in Vernon, Beauregard, and Rapides Parish. 

Church International in Rosepine, 1436 Church St., has canned goods and dry goods available for those affected. They also have some winter coats available for those that need them. For information contact 337-396-1653. 

Diamond Baptist Church in DeRidder, 151 Diamond Church Rd., is providing meals for people who need them. 

Residents in Vernon Parish may begin placing debris close to the road, without blocking the road or ditches. The Vernon Parish Police Jury will begin picking up debris on January 7th. If possible, please separate debris into 3 categories: trees and brush (vegetation), white goods, and construction debris. 

Residents may also take vegetation and construction debris to the Vernon Parish Landfill, located at 344 J. L. O’Banion Road (off of La Hwy 467 / University Parkway). Normal hours of operation are Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; however, due to the holidays, please call ahead to check if they are open prior to going 337-239- 9967.