disaster preparedness

This week on All Things New Orleans, we checked in with our Hispanic community amid plans to construct a border wall between Mexico and the United States. We're also exploring this month's second lines with writer and videographer Big Red Cotton as we approach Mardi Gras!

WWNO's Jessica Rosgaard also talks with author, Robert Meyer about human behavior and disaster preparedness. 

NOTE: This week in New Orleans history, attorney A.P. Tureaud founded the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society on February 11, 1936.

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The Ostrich Paradox: Why We Under-Prepare For Disasters examines human behavior and disaster preparedness, trying to answer the question: why, with our ability to forsee and protect against natural catastrophes, do humans fail to protect ourselves and our communities from disaster? WWNO’s Jessica Rosgaard spoke to co-author Robert Meyer about how humans can overcome the psychological hurdles to disaster preparedness.

Colonel Rick Hansen, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District,  says it’s time to open the Bonnet Carre Spillway in order to divert floodwaters and protect New Orleans.
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As the Mississippi and Red Rivers rise, officials are grappling with how to manage all of the water. The Army Corps of Engineers may open the Mississippi River’s Bonnet Carré Spillway this weekend.

New Orleans District Commander, Col. Rick Hansen, says it is time to open the spillway. Just west of the city, it diverts the Mississippi River to protect New Orleans.

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.

New Mobile Pet Shelter Can Evacuate Animals In A Disaster

Nov 25, 2014
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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.

How To Learn To Love The Disaster Industry

Oct 31, 2014
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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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