disaster preparedness

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7:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Get Ready: It's Hurricane Season

Officials throughout southeast Louisiana are asking residents to start planning now for hurricanes. A busy season is predicted.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Sculptures Set To Mark Evacuation Pickup Spots

Evacuation locations will be marked by 14-foot-tall sculptures.
Credit Arts Council of New Orleans

Fifteen stainless-steel sculptures have just arrived and will soon be appearing throughout New Orleans. The unique public art project is designed to help save lives.

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Planet Money
2:35 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Why Is The Government In The Flood Insurance Business?

Hurricane Betsy hit the Gulf Coast in 1965.
Horace Cort AP

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 12:19 pm

There's a quick, one-word explanation for why the federal government started selling flood insurance: Betsy.

Hurricane Betsy, which struck the Gulf Coast in 1965, became known as billion-dollar Betsy. Homes were ruined. Water up to the roofs. People paddling around streets in boats. Massive damage.

This would be the time when you'd expect people to be pulling out their flood insurance policies. But flood insurance was hard to come by. You could get fire insurance, theft insurance, car insurance, life insurance. Not flood.

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Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond
4:15 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Lessons From Katrina Boost FEMA's Sandy Response

Victims of Superstorm Sandy wait in line to apply for recovery assistance at a FEMA processing center Friday on New York's Coney Island. The agency has been praised for its response to the storm.
Bebeto Matthews AP

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 12:22 pm

Following Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has received good grades from politicians and even some survivors of the storm. In part, that's due to lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.

For Staten Island resident Deb Smith, whose house was flooded by the storm surge from Sandy, FEMA has been a savior.

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8:17 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Community Impact Series: UNO-CHART

An applied research center is helping small communities along the coast cope with change by building networks, sharing knowledge and kindling hope.

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Hurricane Isaac
5:21 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

WATCH: Mayor Landrieu's Latest Press Conference

The 3 p.m. New Orleans press conference, in its entirety:

Hurricane Isaac
3:59 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Louisiana prepares: by the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at Louisiana's preparation for Hurricane Isaac on Tuesday, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

— 4,158: National Guard troops activated statewide.

— 67: Bus drivers supporting the Department of Transportation and Department of Education.

— 48: National Guard boat teams deployed to areas in the storm zone.

— 921: National Guard security command and control staffers.

— 540 high water vehicles, 74 boats and 40 aircraft available for storm response.

— 2,124: Prisoners moved to state prisons from coastal parishes.

Hurricane Isaac
3:04 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

WATCH: President Obama Speaks on Preparing for Hurricane Isaac

President Obama discusses steps FEMA and other federal and local agencies are taking to keep Gulf Coast residents safe and minimize the damage from approaching Hurricane Isaac.

Tropical Storm Isaac
11:23 am
Tue August 28, 2012

St. Mary Parish prepares for Isaac

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office says the state transportation department has barricaded some intersections along Highway 90 to let traffic flow more smoothly through the parish.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Traci Landry says the traffic is probably people evacuating from parishes east of St. Mary Parish as Tropical Storm Isaac gets closer. The storm is expected to become a hurricane before making landfall Tuesday.

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.