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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.

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 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