•  And, even if you have done it already, CLEAN THAT CATCH BASIN near your home. It gets re-clogged after every rain event. The pumps can’t pump what they can’t get.


    In the midst of hurricane preparations it’s easy to forget the simple stuff. If your trash pickup days are Monday and Thursday, don’t forget to put out the can.  If the hurricane arrives, it might be a while before trash pickup resumes.


    With any calamity anywhere there are always opportunists.  Bring in anything that could be transformed into a missle or be of value to an opportunist.

Neighbor Conrad Abadie says, “If you have an icemaker in your refrigerator, you might want to empty it into a small ice chest. It should come in handy when you lose power and will keep you from having to open the refrigerator.”


Neighbor Bill Dalton sent in this interesting link to the Google Crisis Map for  the United States —>


Neighbor Eileen Duke made this suggestion on the Yahoo group:

“For those that are staying, let’s please watch out for people casing our neighborhood… I’m not suggesting that anyone confront trespassers on properties other than their own, but we could at least sound a car alarm if we see someone entering someone’s backyard, etc. That could be a signal of sorts.”


Neighbor Vince Booth sent in this link for traffic information:


And, one of the things you should be doing on a regular basis is cleaning that catch basin near your home. Check out the link below for more information:

The pumps can’t pump what the pumps can’t get. Clean that catch basin today.


Hurricane Hunters on TWITTER —>


Call 1-800-9-OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243) for downed power lines or gas leaks.


Louisiana contraflow lane reversals start 30 hours before the onset of tropical winds. A local software team has created a Google Maps mashup to make the state’s contraflow evacuation routes easier to understand.

Visit to plan your route.


Please visit and to get detailed information on building a family emergency plan, emergency supplies, and evacuation information. is available with FEMA preparedness information. The city’s 311 system will be up and active during this storm. Please report any non-emergency issues to 311 including downed trees, signs and traffic light outages.

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  • Prescription medication for a month
  • Aspirin and non-prescription medicine
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • CASH
  • Drinking water (2 gallons per day per person)
  • Containers for storing water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Eating utensils, paper plates and towels
  • Baby supplies (up to 3 weeks)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Battery powered TV or radio
  • Boards for your windows
  • Matches
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Lantern with extra fuel
  • Fuel for your generator or saw
  • Aluminum foil
  • Month’s supply of pet food
  • Cat litter
  • Tools and shovel
  • Latex and regular work gloves
  • Rope or heavy cord
  • Toiletries and feminine supplies
  • Soap and liquid detergent
  • Household bleach without lemon
  • Sturdy work shoes or work boots
  • Have a plan of action for your pets. Many shelters will not take them. Call the SPCA for more information to help you prepare for evacuating your pets… (504) 368-5191.