disaster preparedness

A coalition of local non-profits are trying to help educate business owners on emergency preparedness. 

 

A recent city survey asked local business owners what kind of steps they’d taken to deal with disasters and emergencies. 50 percent said they had no written emergency plans. Around half also said they have no backup generators, and no interruption insurance in case their businesses close suddenly.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its Atlantic hurricane outlook during a news conference at City Hall on Wednesday. The report predicted a below-normal storm season. The 2015 forecast looks mild, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu reminded the crowd it only takes one major hurricane. And even though NOAA is generally on par with their predictions, "nobody can guarantee you what’s gonna happen," the mayor says.

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If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see separate warnings about storm surge in addition to warnings about tropical storm- and hurricane-force winds.

National Hurricane Center officials said Thursday that separate warnings for storm surge should provide emergency managers and the public with better information about tropical weather hazards.

Storm surge is considered the greatest threat to life and property from a tropical cyclone. It can strike at different times and in different places than a storm's winds.

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Construction starts next month on a mobile pet shelter which will be ready for use by next year’s hurricane season, the Advocate reports.

Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain said that the mobile shelter will allow for pets to be evacuated with humans in case of an emergency.

Strain told the Advocate that in the past, evacuation efforts have been hampered by people who are reluctant to part with their pets.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has named the city’s head of the redevelopment authority to be the new Chief Resiliency Officer. The new position is part of a program involving 100 cities across the country that is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

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Disasters are causing more and more damage, and the federal government is spending more and more money to rebuild afterwards.

But before the construction crew can begin repairs, homeowners face months-long delays and poor customer service in the preliminary stages of the application process. Some homeowners even complain that the rebuilding process has become as traumatic as the storm itself.

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Luisa Dantas created a Hurricane Katrina-related website called Land of Opportunity, which accompanies a documentary film of the same name. It chronicles ongoing challenges of disaster recovery and resilience.

The newest feature is a timeline that compares and contrasts stories of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. 

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The 2014 hurricane season has started, and New Orleans metro area residents are living behind a new, $14.5 billion storm surge system acknowledged as the best they have ever had. 

But an investigation by The Lens shows this best-ever is still not as good as Congress originally ordered it to be.

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Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is hurricane season.

Hear that? That ominous music playing on the evening news? It can only mean one thing: hurricane season is here and it's time to get ready.

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To mark the start of the 2014 hurricane season, parish presidents, city officials, and representatives from the levee boards and the national weather service met Friday at the Port of New Orleans and pledged to work together to make it a safe one.

The city’s deputy mayor for public safety, Jerry Sneed, says Hurricane Katrina drove home the point that planning for a hurricane means working together.

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