What You
Can do

There is always a risk of flooding so we strongly recommend that residents and businesses take actions to protect themselves

The Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS), with its surge barriers, floodwalls, floodgates and levees is one of the strongest and largest flood protection systems in the world.  The system was designed and constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prevent surge from a 100-year storm event that has a 1% chance of occurring in any given year.  The Flood Protection Authority-East operates and maintains this system to protect the Greater New Orleans area. 

Steps to Protect Your Homes, Families and Businesses

Be prepared in advance of an approaching storm.  A few examples of simple actions you can take include: purchasing sandbags and pre-cut plywood for your windows; trimming tree branches; bringing valuable outdoor items indoors and securing others; preparing an emergency kit; putting important paperwork in a safe place; filling all medicine prescriptions; and writing down emergency agencies’ contact information. To learn more go to the links below:

United States Department of Homeland Security

Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Evacuation is always the best line of defense against loss of life in storm surge floods. You can assure your safety by having and implementing an evacuation plan when directed by local officials.

Residents with transportation and a destination:
Plan your route and destination early. Gas-up your vehicle. Leave well in advance to avoid heavy traffic. State evacuation and contraflow maps are available at the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Learn more

Residents without means of transportation or an evacuation destination:
Free evacuation transportation is provided in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes. Special assistance is also provided to the elderly and the disabled. Pets are part of the family and are included in assisted evacuation. Learn more from your parish agency:


NOLA Ready: The City of New Orleans

Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Department

St. Bernard Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness