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Hurricane Prep

Southeast Louisiana, including Jefferson Parish and the New Orleans Metropolitan area, is at risk for all hurricanes due to our proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Pontchartrain, our low lying topography, and the continuing erosion of our wetlands.

You are especially at risk if:

  • You live outside of levee protection
  • You live in a mobile home or recreational vehicle
  • You live in a low-lying area or on the coast

While every hurricane could potentially cause problems in our area, we are especially at risk if a hurricane is a category 3 or higher on the Saffir Simpson Scale.

SAFFIR SIMPSON SCALE  
Category Wind Speed (miles per hour)  
1 74-95  
2 96-110  
3 111-130
4 131-155  
5 >155  
     

In times of emergency, the Parish of Jefferson has the authority and responsibility to oversee the safety of the parish and its citizens.  The Sheriff and other first responder agencies participate in this effort. 

To accomplish this task, the Parish has established an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to oversee the parish's response to potential disasters, such as hurricanes.  See www.jeffparish.net for detailed information on what to do when a hurricane threatens this area.  This site includes information on:

  • Evacuation Considerations
  • Hurricane Evacuation Guidelines
  • State Police Phased Evacuations
  • Emergency Bus Transportation
  • Evacuation Routes
  • Radio Frequencies
  • Severe Weather Terms
  • Public Shelter Information
  • Shelter in Place Information
  • Preparing Your Pets

One of the more peculiar and important aspects of our emergency response is the phased evacuation of the area and the use of “contraflow” (i.e., turning all outgoing lanes of the interstates outbound).  Guidelines are established by the Louisiana State Police.  The Parish, the Sheriff, and other local municipal police departments assist in this evacuation.  See the links below for maps and details.

Click here  for Contraflow Map & Driving Instructions – LA State Police

Click here  for Jefferson Parish Special Needs Guideline


Some highlights on how to prepare and take action are available below:

GATHER INFORMATION
Know if you live in an evacuation area. Assess your risks and know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Understand National Weather Service forecast products and especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.

Contact your local National Weather Service office and local government/emergency management office for the latest information.

CONTACTS
Keep a list of contact information for reference.

        Local Emergency Management Office

        County Law Enforcement

        County Public Safety Fire/Rescue

        State, County and City/Town Government

        Local Hospitals

        Local Utilities

        Local American Red Cross

        Local TV Stations

        Local Radio Stations

        Your Property Insurance Agent

RISK ANALYSIS
Online hazard and vulnerability assessment tools are available to gather information about your risks.

PLAN & TAKE ACTION
Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Your friends and family may not be together when disaster strikes. How will you find each other?

Will you know if your children or parents are safe? You may have to evacuate or be confined to your home. What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off?

SUPPLIES KIT
The essentials:
Battery operated radio, Solar powered lighting, Extra batteries

WATER

3 gallons/person, minimum, in a food-grade, plastic container
Additional water for sanitation

FOOD
Minimum three-day supply of non-perishable food that requires no refrigeration or preparation and little or no water.
Dry cereal, Peanut butter, Canned fruits, Canned vegetables, Canned juice, Ready-to-eat canned meats, Ready-to-eat soups (not concentrated), Quick energy snacks, graham crackers

FIRST AID KIT
CREATE ONE FOR YOUR HOME AND ONE FOR EACH CAR
Scissors, Thermometer, Tweezers, Needle, Sunscreen, Cleansing, agent/soap, Latex gloves (2 pairs), Tongue blades (2), Moistened towelettes, Assorted sizes of safety pins, Neosporin ointment, 2" sterile gauze pads (4-6), 4" sterile gauze pads (4-6), 2" sterile roller bandages (3 rolls), 3" sterile roller bandages (3 rolls), Triangular bandages (3), Petroleum jelly or other lubricant, Sterile adhesive, bandages in assorted sizes

NON-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, Antacid (for stomach upset), Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center), Syrup of ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center), Laxative, Anti-diarrhea medication

TOOLS AND SUPPLIES
CREATE ONE FOR YOUR HOME AND ONE FOR EACH CAR
Whistle, Crowbar, Paper & pencil, Medicine dropper, Needles & thread, Signal flare, Assorted nails, wood screws, Plastic storage containers, Cash, traveler's checks & change, Tape, duct and plumber's tape, Aluminum foil, Patch kit and can of seal-in-air for tires, Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water, Plastic sheeting, Compass, Matches in a waterproof container, Pliers, screwdriver, hammer, Heavy cotton or hemp rope, Non-electric can opener, utility knife, Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, Map of the area (for locating shelters)

SANITATION
Disinfectant, Soap, liquid detergent, Toilet paper, towelettes, paper towels, Hand sanitizer, Plastic garbage bags, ties, Household chlorine bleach, Personal hygiene items, Plastic bucket with tight lid

CLOTHING AND BEDDING
Sunglasses, Hat and gloves, Blankets or sleeping bags, One complete change of clothing and footwear per person, Rain gear, Sturdy shoes or work boots

FOR BABY
Formula, Bottles, Powdered milk, Diapers, Medication

FOR PETS
Food, Leash, harness or carrier, Records of vaccinations, Non-tippable food and water containers

IMPORTANT FAMILY DOCUMENTS
Important telephone numbers, Record of bank account numbers, Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates), Inventory of valuable household, goods, Copy of will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds, Record of credit card account numbers and companies, Copy of passports, social security cards, immunization records

FAMILY MEDICAL NEEDS
Insulin, Prescription drugs, Denture needs, Extra eye glasses, Contact lenses and supplies, Heart and high blood pressure medication

ENTERTAINMENT
Games and books

EMERGENCY PLANS
Develop and document plans for your specific risks.
Protect yourself and family with a Family Emergency Plan, Be sure to plan for locations away from your home, Business owners and site locations should create a workplace plan, Make sure your children’s schools and daycares have their own emergency plans, Pet owners should have plans to care for your animals when you’re away, The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offer information on animal health impacts in evacuation shelters, Prepare your boat and be aware of basic marine safety if you are on or near the water.

HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Follow guidelines to guard your community's health and protect the environment during and after the storm.
Review the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) for health considerations before, during and after a storm, Remember to follow the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's guidelines regarding food and water during disasters.

EVACUATION
Review the evacuation guidelines in your area to allow for enough time to pack and inform friends and family if you need to leave your home.
FOLLOW instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered to do so, don’t hesitate!
Consider your protection options to decide whether to stay or evacuate your home if you are not ordered to evacuate.

WHEN WAITING OUT A STORM BECAREFUL, THE DANGER MAY NOT BE OVER YET...
Be alert for:
Tornadoes are often spawned by hurricanes. The calm "eye" of the storm – it may seem like the storm is over, but after the eye passes, the winds will change direction and quickly return to hurricane force.

RECOVER
Wait until an area is declared safe before returning home, Remember that recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process.