disaster preparedness

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.

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.

Checklist of emergency supplies

Aug 27, 2012

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:

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.

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.

St. John to offer sandbags today at 10 a.m.

Aug 27, 2012

Sandbag locations in St. John the Baptist Parish will open Monday at 10:00 a.m., the parish announced in a press release.

Sand and bags will be available at the following locations:

  • Fire Station #53 at 1703 St. Andrews Blvd. in LaPlace
  • Fire Station #94 at 1200 Hwy. 643 in Pleasure Bend
  • Fire Station #65 located at 337 Central Avenue in Reserve
  • Fire Station #71 at 418 Historic West St. in Garyville
  • Old Second Ward High School at 3671 Highway 18 in Edgard

Residents are asked to bring a shovel to fill their bags.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has suspended toll collections at LA 1 in Leeville and the Crescent City Connection (CCC) US 90B in New Orleans to facilitate evacuation, emergency and protective services, the department said in a press release Sunday.

The toll suspension is in response to the declared state of emergency caused by Tropical Storm Isaac, the agency said. DOTD will notify the traveling public when tolls resume.

Tyler A. Gamble / Office of the Mayor

The City of New Orleans is bracing for the arrival of what’s expected to be Hurricane Isaac, expected to make landfall near the city. Officials say the city is protected by a new and improved levee system.

National Hurricane Center

St. Charles Parish officials have ordered evacuation for all 53,000 residents as Tropical Storm Isaac's path moves west.

Parish spokeswoman Renee Simpson says the order was made Sunday evening because conditions are expected to worsen. It's the largest evacuation so far in southeast Louisiana, where 15 parishes are under a hurricane warning.

Administration Commissioner Paul Rainwater says state offices in all 15 affected parishes will be closed Monday.

Plaquemines Parish officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of the east bank of the parish, in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Additionally, there will be a voluntary evacuation for the south end of Plaquemines Parish, from Ironton to Venice. Belle Chasse Auditorium will be opened at noon on Monday as an emergency shelter.

All Plaquemines Parish schools have been closed until further notice.