disaster preparedness

Coastal Desk
7:37 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Hurricane Center Will Start Issuing Separate Warnings On Storm Surge

Coastal residents will start seeing separate warnings about storm surge in addition to warnings about tropical storm- and hurricane-force winds.
Ian Britton Flickr

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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Community
5:24 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mobile Pet Shelter Can Evacuate Animals In A Disaster

Construction will start in December on a mobile pet shelter which will be ready for use by next year’s hurricane season.
Win Henderson Wikimedia

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.

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Latest News
4:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

New Orleans Names Chief Resiliency Officer

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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Coastal Desk
8:24 am
Fri October 31, 2014

How To Learn To Love The Disaster Industry

Cities and states hire private companies to help handle the workload after disasters, but homeowners still face long delays and other problems.
Edward Dai/Epoch Times

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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Community
11:29 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Katrina/Sandy Website Offers Comparisons In Resilience

The Sandy/Katrina Platform Compares Experiences and Context of Disaster and Recovery
Lusia Dantas www.landofopportunityinteractive.com

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 Lens
12:35 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

New Orleans Flood Protection: Stronger Than Ever, Weaker Than Intended

The city's new $14.5 billion storm surge protection system is weaker than what Congress ordered it to be 50 years ago.
US Army Corps of Engineers Wikimedia

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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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Listening Post Asks: Are You Ready For Hurricane Season?

Are you ready for hurricane season?
Jesse Hardman

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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Latest News
4:09 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Local Officials Urge Early Preparation For 2014 Hurricane Season

City officials opened the 2014 hurricane season with a meeting at the Port of New Orleans.
Good kitty Wikimedia

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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Hurricane Season
10:55 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Even Small Storm Surges Will Swamp I-10 Evacuation Routes

Unprotected sections of I-10 to the east and west of the city will flood during even a small storm, emergency preparedness officials say.
Credit The Lens

Unprotected sections of Interstate 10, to the east and west of the city, will be swamped by storm surge even during a smaller storm, The Lens is reporting.

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Latest News
3:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

A State Tax Holiday For Buying Emergency Supplies

Louisiana offers a state tax holiday for residents who are buying emergency supplies in preparation for storm season, which begins June 1st.
Red Cross/FEMA Photo Library

On May 24 and 25, purchases of flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are free from Louisiana's 4 percent state sales tax.

The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives residents a chance to prepare for storm season, which begins June 1.

The sales tax holiday applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each item, according to Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield.

Eligible items include: flashlights and candles, portable radios, batteries, and food storage coolers.

Local taxes on these items still apply.

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