"We haven't seen many chemical fires or explosions lately, and that's because everyone in this line of work does a great job on the front end with education and precautions," Edwards said.

With more than thirty chemical plants in Ascension, it is important to have response teams that can resolve situations when they arise.

There have been instances in the last 15-25 years where there has been a need for teams to respond at chemical plants, but when any situation has risen, it has been taken care of quickly.

The Community Awareness Emergency Response Organization meets every month, and their number one priority is to protect the community from, for example, fires that happen at a chemical plant.

Ascension has a large chemical industry, and CAER does many things to make sure that the community is safe. This includes partnering with people like the Louisiana State Police Department Hazmat team and Homeland Security.

On October 18, CAER Day was celebrated at Lamar-Dixon, where Governor John Bel Edwards had the opportunity to speak.

"Ascension leads the way in readiness, and Louisiana as a whole is so resilient. That's why I love this state. We are always neighbors to people, even strangers. Our best line of defense is preparation, and we're great at that," Edwards said.

The governor also brought up the flooding that occurred in 2016, and stated that the Homeowners Survey, originally open in 2016, has been re-opened. You can visit restore.la.gov if you were affected by the flooding during that year, but you must complete it by tomorrow, October 19.

Apart from natural disasters, like flooding, CAER has assisted in 18-wheeler crashes with hazardous chemicals, or even something like a barge crashing into the Sunshine Bridge.

"We haven't seen many chemical fires or explosions lately, and that's because everyone in this line of work does a great job on the front end with education and precautions," Edwards said.

"CAER and Louisiana is better because of you, Governor Edwards, and because of the agencies that are under you, which also work with us," James LeBlanc, CAER Chairman, said.

Edwards also went on to thank those who put themselves at risk every day. "People don't see, or may not know, what you all do behind the scenes," he said. "What you do keeps everyone safe, and I thank you all for that."

CAER day had many response vehicles on display, like firetrucks and medical trucks, for example. Lunch was also served if you registered beforehand.

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