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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Seniors & People with Medical Needs

Caregivers and those with medical needs or seniors should keep in mind special physical, health and emotional needs during an evacuation.

Make A Plan

It is important that you plan ahead who you will evacuate with and who you will contact in case of an emergency. Our NOLA Ready brochurecan help you make an emergency plan. If you or a family member lives in a nursing home, ask the nursing home for their evacuation plans to add them to your family’s plan. 

Gather Supplies

Create an emergency kit that has:

  • One week’s worth of medicine
  • Eyeglasses or contacts
  • Mobility aids
  • Day-to-day supplies

 View complete information on emergency kit supplies.

Leaving Town

  • If you are a senior or have medical needs, you should leave as early as you can.
  • When leaving town, stay with family or friends if you can. State shelters should be the last option for the elderly.


Need Help Leaving Town? 

  •  If you need transportation out of town during a mandatory evacuation you must locate the nearest evacuspot.
  • There are four Evacuspots specifically for seniors:
  1. ​Arthur Monday Center, 1111 Newton Avenue (Neighborhood: Algiers; Nearby Zip Codes: 70114)
  2. Kingsley House, 1600 Constance Street (Neighborhood: Lower Garden District; Nearby Zip Codes: 70130, 70115)
  3. Mater Dolorosa, 1226 S. Carrollton Ave. (Neighborhood: Carrollton; Nearby Zip Codes: 70118, 70125, 70115)
  4. Central City Senior Center, 2101 Philip St (Neighborhood: Central City; Nearby Zip Codes: 70113, 70130, 70115)
  • If you cannot reach an evacuspot because of medical or mobility issues, enroll in the Special Needs Registry 


During storms where no mandatory evacuation is called, seniors or those with medical needs should prepare for power outages, high heat, and closed businesses, including pharmacies and doctor’s offices.

  • When sheltering-in-place, you should:
    • Stock up early on water, with at least a gallon per person, per day.
    • Have at least a week's supply of all prescriptions.
    • If possible,  have a caretaker or family member to be present.
    • Be prepared for downed trees or wires that may block access to sidewalks, streets, and supplies even after a storm passes.

Additional Resources

For further information about disaster and emergency preparation for seniors or those with medical issues, please see these Disaster/Emergency Tips for the Elderly, People with Disabilities and Their Caregivers external link from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals external link.


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Last updated: 7/20/2016 4:11:34 PM

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