Steps to Protect Your Homes, Families and Businesses

Hurricane Preparedness

Be prepared in advance of an approaching storm. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Threats from hurricanes include heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, and powerful winds.

A few examples of simple actions you can take include:

– Purchasing sandbags and pre-cut plywood for your windows
– Trimming tree branches
– Bringing in outside furniture
– Preparing an emergency kit
– Keeping important documents in a safe place
– Refilling prescriptions so that you always have a seven-day supply
– Making sure your cell phone is fully charged prior to severe weather
– Purchasing backup charging devices to power electronics
– Listening for emergency information and alerts

To learn more, visit to the links below:

United States Department of Homeland Security

Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Evacuation Plan

Evacuation is always the best line of defense against loss of life in storm surge floods.
You can ensure 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

Residents without means of transportation or an evacuation destination:

– Free evacuation transportation is provided in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes.
– Special assistance is 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