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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu


If a storm hits New Orleans and the Mayor does not call a mandatory evacuation, citizens who do not choose voluntarily to leave must be prepared to shelter in place. "Shelter-In-Place" means to shelter where you are, whether at home, work, school, or in between.

Prepare to Shelter-In-Place

  • Get supplies in advance. Stock up on water (1 gallon per person, per day, for at least 3 days), nonperishable items, and charge phones and/or purchase extra batteries.
  • Enroll in the Special Needs Registry, particularly if you are oxygen-dependent or have health issues that are held steady by electric devices or would be disrupted during a power outage
  • Prepare your home. Keep branches trimmed and gutters clear to minimize damage from flying debris or backed-up gutters. 
  • Keep a week's supply of medicine and prescriptions on hand
  • Bring pets in from outdoors and ensure a food and water supply for them
  • Take important steps to prepare for extended power outages

While Sheltering-In-Place

  • Lock doors and windows and close drapes, blinds, and window shades
  • Do not call fire or police departments (911) for information. Public Safety workers will need their lines open for emergency use. Call 311 or check for answers to your questions.
  • Monitor Emergency Alert Stations (EAS) and other media for official warnings, messages and instructions.
  • Stay inside until officials say otherwise.
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Last updated: 8/30/2013 10:20:48 AM

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