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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Make a Plan

When a disaster strikes, will you and your family be ready? Develop a plan in advance to ensure every family member knows what to do, who to call, and where to go during an emergency. 

  1. Designate an out-of-town contact household members can call if separated during an emergency. Ensure all family members memorize it.
  2. Choose a pre-determined place to reunite if separated during an emergency. Have one near home and one outside your neighborhood. Your predetermined contact will help you decide and communicate which is best.
  3. Stock Up. Disasters can strike at any time and in many forms which do not require citizens to evacuate, but do require them to be ready to be stuck inside, without power or running water, or access to groceries. Gather Supplies for what you'll need to weather events from boil advisories to chemical spills to Category 1 or 2 hurricanes.
  4. Practice alternate routes out. In a disaster roads may be blocked, buses and city transportation shut down or re-routed, or streets be impassable. Each family member should know all possible exit routes from home and neighborhood.
  5. Know how you will evacuate in the case of a man-made or natural disaster, whether it be through contraflow in your own car, or locating the closest evacuspot, where you can get transportation assistance out of town.
  6. Coordinate your emergency plan with those of places in your lives, including work, daycare, school, and other families.

Get A Game Plan

Want help making your plan? Check out Louisiana's Readiness website, Get A Game Plan, for strategies to create simple, successful emergency plans for your family or business.

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Last updated: 7/27/2015 2:33:39 PM

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