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
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
SAFFIR SIMPSON SCALE
Wind Speed (miles per hour)
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
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
for Contraflow Map & Driving Instructions – LA State Police
Jefferson Parish Special Needs Guideline
Some highlights on how to prepare and take action are available below:
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
Contact your local National Weather Service office and local
government/emergency management office for the latest information.
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 American Red Cross
Local TV Stations
Local Radio Stations
Your Property Insurance Agent
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?
Battery operated radio, Solar powered lighting, Extra batteries
3 gallons/person, minimum, in a food-grade, plastic container
Additional water for sanitation
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
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,
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)
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
Formula, Bottles, Powdered milk, Diapers, Medication
Food, Leash, harness or carrier, Records of vaccinations, Non-tippable food and
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
Games and books
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.
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.
Wait until an area is declared safe before returning home, Remember that
recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process.