Oct 04, 2013 | 4 pm update

tropical-storm-karenCouncilmember Guidry says, “The Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles have been activated and remain on stand-by at safe locations in anticipation of post-storm relief efforts. Dozens of trailers filled with cots, blankets, comfort kits and kitchen supplies are spread across the Gulf region.”

Make a Plan
The reality of a disaster situation is that you will likely not have access to everyday conveniences. To plan in advance, think through the details of your everyday life.
Develop a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations.
Consider a plan where each family member calls, or e-mails, the same friend or relative in the event of an emergency. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members. Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the attack, the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities.
Watch television and listen to the radio for official instructions as they become available.


Create a Personal Support Network: If you anticipate needing assistance during a disaster, ask family, friends and others to be part of your plan. Share each aspect of your emergency plan with everyone in your group, including a friend or relative in another area who would not be impacted by the same emergency who can help if necessary. Include the names and numbers of everyone in your personal support network, as well as your medical providers in your emergency supply kit. Make sure that someone in your personal support network has an extra key to your home and knows where you keep your emergency supplies. If you use a wheelchair or other medical equipment, show friends how to use these devices so they can move you if necessary and teach them how to use any lifesaving equipment or administer medicine in case of an emergency. Practice your plan with those who have agreed to be part of your personal support network. Inform your employer and co-workers about your disability and let them know specifically what assistance you will need in an emergency. Talk about communication difficulties, physical limitations, equipment instructions and medication procedures. Always participate in trainings and emergency drills offered by your employer.

Consider Your Service Animal or Pets: Whether you decide to stay put or evacuate, you will need to make plans in advance for your service animal and pets. Keep in mind that what’s best for you is typically what’s best for your animals. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you, if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, make sure that they allow pets. Some only allow service animals. Fire Safety: Plan two ways out of every room in case of fire. Check for items such as bookcases, hanging pictures or overhead lights that could fall and block an escape path.

Create a Plan to Shelter-in-Place: There are circumstances when staying put and creating a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside, a process known as sheltering-in-place and sealing the room can be a matter of survival. If you see large amounts of debris in the air, or if local authorities say the air is badly contaminated, you may want to shelter-in-place and seal the room. Consider precutting plastic sheeting to seal windows, doors and air vents. Each piece should be several inches larger than the space you want to cover so that you can duct tape it flat against the wall. Label each piece with the location of where it fits. Immediately turn off air conditioning, forced air heating systems, exhaust fans and clothes dryers. Take your emergency supplies and go into the room you have designated. Seal all windows, doors and vents. Understand that sealing the room is a temporary measure to create a barrier between you and contaminated air. Listen to the radio for instructions from local emergency management officials.

Create a Plan to Get Away: Plan in advance how you will assemble your family and anticipate where you will go. Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency. Become familiar with alternate routes as well as other means of transportation out of your area. If you do not have a car, plan how you will leave if you have to. If you typically rely on elevators, have a back-up plan in case they are not working. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together.

You may want to consider evacuating with help of This is a new resource designed to help New Orleans residents safely evacuate. As travel around the city, you will notice the addition of 14-foot sculptures in your neighborhoods. These art pieces resembling waving figures are the culmination of art and functionality. These are designated evacuation pickup points (EvacuSpots) across the city. In the event of an evacuation, these EvacuSpots will be run by Evacuteers who will register and assist evacuees with luggage and pets at each of the locations.

The EvacuSpots are located at the:

  • Arthur Mondy Center (West Bank)
  • Kingsley House (Lower Garden District)
  • Central City Senior Center (Central City)
  • Mater Dolorosa (Carrollton)
  • Smith Library Bus Stop (Lakeview)
  • Palmer Park (Carrollton)
  • McMain High School (Broadmoor)
  • Lyons Community Center (Irish Channel)
  • Dryades YMCA (Central City)
  • Warren Easton High School (Mid City)
  • Municipal Auditorium (Treme)
  • O. Perry Walker High School (West Bank)
  • Stallings Community Center (Bywater)
  • Sanchez Center (Lower 9th Ward)
  • Gentilly Mall Parking Lot (Gentilly)
  • New Orleans East Library
  • Mary Queen of Vietnam Church (New Orleans East)


  • 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.