disaster preparedness

Hurricane Isaac
11:05 am
Tue August 28, 2012

New Orleans Braces For Isaac

Isaac is headed toward the Gulf Coast, and Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency. The storm is threatening to hit New Orleans as the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. Host Michel Martin speaks with Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed of Homeland Security in New Orleans, about how they're preparing the city for the storm.

Tropical Storm Isaac
8:07 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

St. Charles Parish evacuation underway

The St. Charles Parish President has called for a mandatory evacuation effective at 6 p.m. Sunday for all residents in St. Charles Parish due to Tropical Storm Isaac. 

What does this mean?
It means that conditions from Hurricane Isaac will be such that widespread damage and flooding are possible. It also means that vital services such as food stores, fuel and medical services may be unavailable for an indefinite period. Accordingly, residents are strongly advised to seek shelter outside of St. Charles Parish. 

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The Two-Way
5:02 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

As Isaac Strengthens, Louisiana's Levees, Flood Gates Gird For Post-Katrina Test

A satellite view of Isaac churning in the Gulf of Mexico.
National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center says that it expects Tropical Storm Isaac to continue strengthening up until it makes landfall.

In the 5 p.m. ET advisory, the Hurricane Center said Isaac remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Dry air, the center explains, keeps feeding into the storm keeping it from intensifying. The storm is predicted to make landfall near New Orleans as a category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
5:00 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Stores Running Out Of Storm Supplies; Some Unconcerned About What's Coming

As officials gear up to respond to what’s expected to be Hurricane Isaac, New Orleanians went shopping for supplies. Flashlights and batteries were sold out of several stores.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
4:51 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Failed pumps at Corps pumping station could increase Mid-City flooding risk

The two pumps on the right, E4 and E5, are missing from the elbows above. Pumps can be seen on the two units to the left.
Danielle Bell The Lens

With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, one of three key Army Corps of Engineers pumping stations that help drain the city during a storm is only at partial capacity — far less than what is needed to keep the Orleans Avenue Canal from filling.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
4:25 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Mayor Says City Can Handle Expected Hurricane Isaac

The projected path of the storm.
National Hurricane Center

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he’s optimistic that the city will be able to handle the anticipated fallout from Tropical Storm Isaac. Isaac is on track to be at hurricane-strength when it makes landfall, and city officials say they’re ready for what’s predicted.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
1:52 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

WATCH: New Orleans Mayor: Hunker down for Isaac

National Hurricane Center

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is ready to face Tropical Storm Isaac.

Noting that Isaac should arrive at the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Landrieu said Monday that officials feel very good about the ability to cope with Isaac.

Landrieu, who declared a state of emergency on Sunday, urged about 900 residents who live outside levee protection in eastern New Orleans evacuate. The remainder of the city is not under an evacuation order.

He told residents to hunker down and make due with supplies on hand.

Tropical Storm Isaac
11:38 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Checklist of emergency supplies

The following checklist of emergency supplies is provided by the Louisiana's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness online at www.GetAGamePlan.org.

Put together an emergency kit

Be sure to include these items:

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Tropical Storm Isaac
10:56 am
Mon August 27, 2012

University of New Orleans to cancel classes beginning at noon

Given the projected path and strength of Tropical Storm Isaac, the University of New Orleans will cancel all classes beginning at noon today, and all non-essential personnel are released at this time.

Campus will officially close at 4:30 p.m. today and will remain closed at least Tuesday and Wednesday. Please continue to monitor your e-mail, the UNO website, social media and local news media reports for updates on when UNO will reopen campus and resume classes.

You may also call the UNO main switchboard at (504) 280-6000 or 1-888-514-4275 to receive updates.

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Tropical Storm Isaac
7:10 am
Mon August 27, 2012

WATCH: Sunday's St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Briefing

A 7:00 p.m. Sunday briefing, by St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, on emergency operations taking place in the parish in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac.

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