disaster preparedness

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.

Click here to listen to this week's Listening Post segment about 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.

Latest News
7:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

New Orleans Picked For Rockefeller Foundation List Of Resilient Cities

New Orleans made the first round of cities that will ultimately be selected by the Rockefeller Foundation for its 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. The international non-profit says New Orleans offers more than just water management ideas.

Rockefeller Foundation spokesman Michael Berkowitz explains New Orleans' selection as a Resilient City.

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Flood Control
7:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Major Construction Set To Begin On Lakefront Pumping Stations

Army Corps of Engineers personnel testing the temporary outflow canal pumps and surge gates in 2009.
Shannon Donner US Army Corps of Engineers

The US Army Corps of Engineers is ready to begin work on three new pumping stations.

Residents along the Lakefront are being advised to brace themselves for some major construction work. The Army Corps of Engineers is starting work on three permanent canal closures and pumps at 17th Street and Orleans and London Avenues.

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Tropical Storm Karen
5:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Mayor Landrieu Says Federal Shutdown Not Affecting Storm Preparations

Mayor Landrieu says officials ready to deal with Tropical Storm Karen.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says agencies throughout the region are working together in preparation for Tropical Storm Karen. He’s confident emergency preparations are in place.

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Hurricane Season
2:58 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Gov. Jindal Declares State Of Emergency In Preparation For Tropical Storm Karen

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday after Tropical Storm Karen formed in the Gulf of Mexico and threatened to come ashore over the weekend along the Gulf coast.

The declaration authorizes the state Office and Homeland Security and other state agencies to activate emergency plans for the tropical storm's possible impact on Louisiana parishes.

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Hurricane Season
11:30 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hurricane Season A Bust? Don't Be So Sure

A satellite image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 30. Forecasters underestimated the intensity of the Atlantic hurricane season last year.
NASA Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 12:55 pm

Back in May, several independent forecast groups predicted an especially active Atlantic hurricane season this year. But with August drawing to a close, we've yet to see a single one.

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