Being ready for an emergency in Louisiana is essential. 2theadvocate is dedicated in providing you the latest information to be better prepared for an emergency situation. We continuously strive to improve the preparedness and protection of Louisiana residents and visitors by providing all emergency preparedness contact numbers and hurricane and weather maps. We do this through mutiple sources that we find will be the most useful. We also have a free emergency checklist that can be downloaded. Be safe!



Before Hurricane

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:
  • Obtain or build an emergency kit & make a family communications plan.
  • Know your surroundings.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property & whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
  • Identify levees & dams in your area & determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes & how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go & how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.

Make plans to secure your property:

  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit & ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
  • Be sure trees & shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose & clogged rain gutters & downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous & expensive structural damage.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans & anything else that is not tied down.
  • Determine how & where to secure your boat.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.
  • Consider building a safe room.

What do I do if a hurricane is on its way?

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Check your disaster supplies (Emergency Checklist). Replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
  • Close your windows, doors & hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close & board up all windows & doors with plywood.
  • Turn your refrigerator & freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tank.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Create a hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning & practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion & fear during the event.
  • Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members w/ special medical needs & make plans for your pets to be cared for.
  • Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads & washed out bridges.
  • Download App to your smartphone that can notify people where you are, & if you need help or are safe. The Red Cross has a Hurricane App available in the Apple App Store & the Google Play Store. A First Aid App is also available.
  • Download Getagameplan App to identify places to evacuate, including for pet shelters & special needs. Visit www.getagameplan.org for more information.
  • Use hurricane shutters or board up windows & doors with 5/8 inch plywood.
  • Bring outside items in if they could be picked up by the wind.
  • Clear gutters of debris.
  • Reinforce the garage door.
  • Turn the refrigerator to its coldest setting in case power goes off. Use a cooler to keep from opening the doors on the freezer or refrigerator.
  • Fill a bathtub with water.
  • Go over the evacuation plan with the family, & learn alternate routes to safety.
  • Learn the location of the nearest shelter or nearest pet-friendly shelter.
  • Put an ax in your attic in case of severe flooding.
  • Evacuate if ordered & stick to marked evacuation routes, if possible.
  • Store important documents: passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, deeds in a watertight container.
  • Have a current inventory of household property (advised to take pictures).
  • Leave a note to say where you are going.
  • Unplug small appliances & electronics before you leave.
  • If possible, turn off the electricity, gas & water for residence.

Standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. It’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains & other conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.FloodSmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531.

During Hurricane

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.
  • Secure your home, close storm shutters & secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting & keep its doors closed.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
  • Move your boat if time permits.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning & flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub & other larger containers with water if you haven't yet.
  • Find out how to keep food safe during & after an emergency.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

  • If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
  • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.
  • If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
  • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.
  • If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room.
  • If you do not have a wind-safe room stay indoors during the hurricane & away from windows & glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors.
  • Secure & brace external doors.
  • Keep curtains & blinds closed.
  • Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level. Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
  • Avoid elevators.
After Hurricane
  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall & subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Drive only if necessary & avoid flooded roads & washed out bridges.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines & report them immediately to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building & its contents, for insurance purposes.
  • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated. (If you have the slightest doubt about the water's safety for drinking you can either boil for 10 minutes and pour between containers to replenish oxygen, add eight drops of plain liquid chlorine bleach per gallon & wait four hours, or add water urification tablets per manufacturer's instructions.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing & be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Watch animals closely & keep them under your direct control.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • Make sure that your children are not playing in flood water.

If your community has experienced a disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe & Well website to let your family & friends know about your welfare. You may also call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself & your family.

Some of the recommendations listed above were provided by American Red Cross & FEMA.



Emergency Supplies:

  • Fill Vehicle with Fuel
  • 3-day Supply of Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • 3-day Supply of Food (Suggested items including: canned meats, canned or dried fruits, canned vegetables, canned juice, peanut butter, jelly, salt-free crackers, energy/protein bars, trail mix/nuts, dry cereal, cookies or other comfort food)
  • Can Opener
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Battery-powered Radio (Preferably a weather radio)
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid Kit (Including latex gloves; sterile dressings; soap/cleaning agent; antibiotic ointment; burn ointment; adhesive bandages in small, medium & large sizes; eye wash; thermometer; aspirin/pain reliever; anti-diarrhea tablets; antacids; laxatives; small scissors; tweezers; & petroleum jelly)
  • Small Fire Extinguisher
  • Whistles for Each Person
  • Seven-day Supply of Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Multipurpose Tool (w/ pliers & screwdriver)
  • Cell Phones & Chargers
  • Contact Information for the Family
  • Sleeping Bag(s)
  • Extra Cash
  • Silver Foil Emergency Blanket
  • Map
  • Wet Wipes
  • Camera (Take pictures before & after storm)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Rain Gear
  • Supplies to Secure Home
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Duct Tape
  • Dust Masks
  • Extra Set of House Keys
  • Extra Set of Car Keys
  • Emergency Ladder (To evacuate the second floor)
  • Household Bleach
  • Paper Cups
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels
  • Disposable Eating Utensils
  • Ice Chest
  • Activities for Children
  • Charcoal & Matches (For portable grill, but only use it outside)
  • Any Items Needed for the Ederly
  • Medication(s) (for at least 7 days)

Basic Baby Supplies:

  • Food / Milk / Formula
  • Disposable Bottles / Disposable Liners
  • Clothes
  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Blankets, Sheets & Bed Liners
  • Medication(s) (for at least 7 days)
  • Portable Crib
  • Toys

Basic Pet Supplies:

  • Pet First Aid Kit
  • Medication, Shot(s) & Vet Records
  • Extra Blanket for Each Pet
  • Food, Treats
  • Food Bowl
  • Paper & Clean-up Supplies
  • 1 Gallon of Water & Bowl
  • Pet Bed
  • Toys
  • Plastic Bags (for clean up)
  • Secure Pet Carrier(s)
  • Newspaper for Lining
  • Collar / Tags / Leashes

Personal Information:

  • Drivers License / Identification
  • Social Security Card
  • Passport
  • Birth Certiicate
  • Marriage Records
  • Death Records
  • Will(s)
  • Insurance Policies
  • Medical Records
  • Checking & Savings Account Information
  • Back-up of PC
  • Household Inventory (best to take pictures or video)

Cleanup Supplies:

  • Bleach / Disinfectants
  • Mops & Brooms
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Large Plastic Trash Bags
  • Washing Detergents


Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Mitigation is taking action now—before the next disaster—to reduce human and financial consequences later (analyzing risk, reducing risk, insuring against risk). Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Without mitigation actions, we jeopardize our safety, financial security, and self-reliance.

Your Roof:

Roof's catch the brunt of wind and wind driven rain. Reinforce your roof's framing connections from the rafters to the foundation to hold together in the face of storms. The most common technique involves installing anchor bolts and metal plates and straps to strengthen connections. Roof straps, also known as hurricane straps, more firmly affix the house’s roof to load bearing walls, resulting in the roof being less likely to blow off in high winds. Straps, rather than clips, should connect wall framing to each rafter or truss. Install in correct. Many roofing failures occur because the shingles are not installed properly. Something as simple as using all the required nails in a shingle or the addition of roof straps can make a big difference.


The building code requires that windows be protected from flying debris when the building is located in an area where the design wind speed is 120 per hour or greater. Using impact resistant windows or covering the windows with impact resistant shutters can provide protection. Adding window protection is not required, it’s just better to be safe than sorry.


Elevation becomes a requirement when a building in a flood prone area has been substantially damaged or is being substantially improved. Substantially damaged or improved is defined by the Briggert-Waters Act of 2012 as when the cost of the improvement equals or exceeds 30 percent of the market value of the structure before the “start of construction” of the improvement.

Building Codes:

Building codes are put into place to help you build safer, stronger, and smarter. For better protection, use code requirements for higher-risk zones. This can help protect your home or business from future hazards. Ask your developer, contractor, or local building code official to help you identify the risks your home or business may have, as well as mitigation techniques that provide extra protection. Lousiana has adopted International Residential Code (IRC) 2009 and uses this as the residential building code standard.


FEMA's Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and implements a variety of programs authorized by Congress to reduce losses that may result from natural disasters. Effective mitigation efforts can break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. FEMA's mitigation and insurance efforts are organized into three primary activities that help States, Tribes, Territories, and localities achieve the highest level of mitigation: Risk Analysis, Risk Reduction, and Risk Insurance. Through these activities and FEMA's day-to-day work across the country, communities are able to make better mitigation decisions before, between, and after disasters.


Examples of mitigation measures:

  • Trimming tree limbs
  • Installing shutters
  • Elevating electrical panels and air conditioners above flood levels
  • Strengthening your roof
  • Anchoring your manufactured home
  • Using corrosion-resistant hardware in areas prone to storm damage. In coastal environments, using connectors made of double-hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel for best protection.
  • Ensuring you or your contractor follows the manufacturer's installation instructions for any materials used in new home construction, repair, or renovations.




Acadian Ambulance 1-800-259-3333
Atmos Energy (gas) 1-800-692-4694
CLECO Corporation (www.cleco.com) 1-800-622-6537
DEMCO (www.demco.com) 1-800-262-1160
Entergy (www.entergy.com) 1-800-ENTERGY (368-3749)
Power Outages: 1-866-672-9773
Family Violence Intervention Center 225-389-3001
Lane Regional Medical Center 225-658-4000
Louisiana Attorney General (www.ag.state.la.us) 225-326-6705
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (www.deq.louisiana.gov) 1-866-896-LDEQ (5337)
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (www.dhh.state.la.us) 225-342-9500
Louisiana Department of Insurance (www.ldi.la.gov) 1-800-259-5300 or 225-342-5900
Louisiana Department of Labor (www.laworks.net) 225-342-3111
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (www.dnr.louisiana.gov) 225-342-4500
Louisiana Department of Social Services (www.dss.state.la.us) 1-888-524-3578 or 225-342-0286
Louisiana Department of Transportation (www.dotd.state.la.us) 225-379-1100
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (www.wlf.louisiana.gov) 225-765-2800
Louisiana Govenor's Office (www.gov.state.la.us) 1-866-366-1121
Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (www.gohsep.la.gov) 1-800-256-7036 or 225-925-7500
Louisiana Office of Tourism (www.louisianatravel.com) 1-800-99-GUMBO
Louisiana State Police (www.lsp.org) 225-925-6325 or *LSP from any cell phone
Louisiana State Police Road Closure Hotline 1-800-469-4828
Louisiana State University Hurricane Information (www.lsu.edu/pa/mediacenter/tipsheets/hurricane) 225-578-4813
National Weather Service Forcast Office (www.srh.noaa.gov/lix) 504-522-7330
Office of Financial Institutions (www.ofi.la.gov) 225-925-4660
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 225-765-6565
Poison Control 1-800-256-9822
Rape Crises Center Louisiana Chapter 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
US Coast Guard / 8th District 504-846-6160
Washington St. Tammany Electric Cooperative (www.wste.coop) 985-839-3562
Power Outages: 1-866-672-9773
Waste Managment 225-664-8802
Women's Hospital 225-927-1300



ACADIA website   MADISON  
Emergency Management 337-783-4357   Emergency Management 318-574-6911
Sheriff Department 337-788-8700   Sheriff Department 318-574-1833
ALLEN website   MOREHOUSE website
Emergency Management 337-639-4351   Emergency Management 318-239-8062
Sheriff Department 337-639-4353   Sheriff Department 318-281-4141
Emergency Management 225-621-8360   Emergency Management 318-238-7555
Sheriff Department 225-621-8300   Sheriff Department 318-352-6432
ASSUMPTION website   ORLEANS website
Emergency Management 985-369-7386   Emergency Management 504-658-8700
Sheriff Department 985-369-2912   Sheriff Department 504-827-8505
Emergency Management 318-253-4000   Emergency Management 318-322-2641
Sheriff Department 318-253-4000   Sheriff Department 318-329-1200
Emergency Management 337-460-5442   Emergency Management 504-297-5660
Sheriff Department 337-463-3281   Sheriff Department 504-564-2525
Emergency Management 318-263-2019   Emergency Management 225-694-3737
Sheriff Department 318-263-2215   Sheriff Department 225-694-3737
BOSSIER website   RAPIDES website
Emergency Management 318-425-5351   Emergency Management 318-445-5141
Sheriff Department 318-965-2203   Sheriff Department 318-473-6700
CADDO website   RED RIVER  
Emergency Management 318-425-5351   Emergency Management 318-932-5981
Sheriff Department 318-675-2170   Sheriff Department 318-932-4221
Emergency Management 337-721-3800   Emergency Management 318-728-0453
Sheriff Department 337-491-3700   Sheriff Department 318-728-2071
Emergency Management 318-649-3764   Emergency Management 318-256-2675
Sheriff Department 318-649-2345   Sheriff Department 318-256-9241
CAMERON website   ST. BERNARD website
Emergency Management 337-775-5551   Emergency Management 504-278-4267
Sheriff Department 337-775-5111   Sheriff Department 504-271-2504
CATAHOULA website   ST. CHARLES website
Emergency Management 318-744-5697   Emergency Management 985-783-5050
Sheriff Department 318-744-5411   Sheriff Department 985-783-6807
CLAIBORNE website   ST. HELENA website
Emergency Management 318-927-9118   Emergency Management 225-222-3544
Sheriff Department 318-927-2011   Sheriff Department 225-222-4413
CONCORDIA website   ST. JAMES website
Emergency Management 318-336-5231   Emergency Management 225-562-2364
Sheriff Department 318-336-5231   Sheriff Department 225-562-2200
DE SOTO website   ST. JOHN THE BABTIST website
Emergency Management 318-872-1877   Emergency Management 985-652-2222
Sheriff Department 318-872-3956   Sheriff Department 985-652-9513
EAST BATON ROUGE website   ST. LANDRY website
Emergency Management 225-389-2100   Emergency Management 337-948-7177
Sheriff Department 225-389-5074   Sheriff Department 337-948-6516
Emergency Management 318-559-2256   Emergency Management 337-394-3071
Sheriff Department 318-559-2800   Sheriff Department 337-394-3071
Emergency Management 225-683-1014   Emergency Management 985-385-2600
Sheriff Department 225-683-3313   Sheriff Department 337-828-1960
EVANGELINE website   ST. TAMMANY website
Emergency Management 337-363-3267   Emergency Management 985-867-3787
Sheriff Department 337-363-2161   Sheriff Department 985-898-2338
Emergency Management 318-435-6247   Emergency Management 985-748-3211
Sheriff Department 318-435-4505   Sheriff Department 985-345-6150
Emergency Management 318-627-3041   Emergency Management 318-766-3992
Sheriff Department 318-627-3261   Sheriff Department 318-766-3961
IBERIA website   TERREBONNE website
Emergency Management 337-369-4427   Emergency Management 985-873-6357
Sheriff Department 337-369-3711   Sheriff Department 985-876-2500
IBERVILLE website   UNION website
Emergency Management 225-687-5140   Emergency Management 318-368-3124
Sheriff Department 225-687-5100   Sheriff Department 318-368-3124
JACKSON website   VERMILLION website
Emergency Management 318-259-2361 x204   Emergency Management 337-898-4308
Sheriff Department 318-259-9021   Sheriff Department 337-898-4409
JEFFERSON DAVIS website   VERNON website
Emergency Management 337-824-3850   Emergency Management 337-238-0815
Sheriff Department 337-824-3850   Sheriff Department 337-238-1311
JEFFERSON website   WASHINGTON website
Emergency Management 504-349-5360   Emergency Management 985-839-0434
Sheriff Department 504-349-5322   Sheriff Department 985-839-3434
LAFAYETTE website   WEBSTER website
Emergency Management 337-291-5075   Emergency Management 318-371-1128
Sheriff Department 337-232-9211   Sheriff Department 318-377-1515
Emergency Management 985-537-7603   Emergency Management 225-346-1577
Sheriff Department 985-532-2808   Sheriff Department 225-343-9234
Emergency Management 318-992-2151   Emergency Management 318-428-8020
Sheriff Department 318-992-2151   Sheriff Department 318-428-2331
Emergency Management 318-513-6202   Emergency Management 225-635-6428
Sheriff Department 318-251-5111   Sheriff Department 225-784-3136
LIVINGSTON website   WINN website
Emergency Management 225-686-3066   Emergency Management 318-628-1160
Sheriff Department 225-686-3996   Sheriff Department 318-628-4611



American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) 1-866-GET-INFO (438-4636) or 1-800-733-2767  
Baton Rouge Food Bank 225-359-9940  
Capital Area United Way 225-923-2114 or 1-877-923-2114  
Federal Emergency Management Agency aka FEMA (www.fema.gov) or (www.disasterassistance.gov) 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)  
Louisiana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.la-spca.org) 504-368-5191  
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com/ncmec) 1-800-690-3463  
National Emergency Family Registry and Locator (egateway.fema.gov/inter/nefrls/home.htm) 1-800-588-9822  


Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.gov) Louisiana Radio Stations
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration aka NOAA (www.noaa.gov) KZMZ 580 AM or 96.9 FM (Alexandria)
NOAA National Coastal Data Development Center (www.ncddc.noaa.gov) KSLA 970 AM (Alexandria)
NOAA National Climatic Data Center (www.ncdc.noaa.gov) WJBO1150 AM or 102.5 FM (Baton Rouge)
NOAA National Data Buoy Center (www.ncbc.noaa.gov) WFMF 102.5 FM (Baton Rouge)
NOAA National Hurricane Center (www.nhc.noaa.gov) WJBO 1150 AM (Baton Rouge)
NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center (www.nodc.noaa.gov) KAJN 102.9 FM (Crowley)
NOAA Coastal Services Center (www.csc.noaa.gov) KVOL 1330 AM or KTDY 99.9 FM (Lafayette)
NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information (www.nesdis.noaa.gov) WLMG 101.9 FM KHLA 99.5 FM (Lake Charles)
NOAA Watch - NOAA's All-Hazard Monitor (www.noaawatch.gov) WWL 870 AM or WLMG 101.9 FM (New Orleans)
US Department of Homeland Security (www.dhs.gov) KMLB 540 AM or KMVX 101.9 FM (Northeast)
  KRUS 1490 AM or KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston)
  KWKH 1130 AM or KRUF 94.5 FM (Shreveport)
  NOAA Weather Radio
  162.400 MHz
  162.425 MHz
  162.450 MHz
  162.475 MHz
  162.500 MHz



The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 categorization based on the hurricane's intensity at the indicated time. The scale – originally developed by wind engineer Herb Saffir and meteorologist Bob Simpson – has been an excellent tool for alerting the public about the possible impacts of various intensity hurricanes1. The scale provides examples of the type of damage and impacts in the United States associated with winds of the indicated intensity. In general, damage rises by about a factor of four for every category increase2. The maximum sustained surface wind speed (peak 1-minute wind at the standard meteorological observation height of 10 m [33 ft] over unobstructed exposure) associated with the cyclone is the determining factor in the scale. (Note that sustained winds can be stronger in hilly or mountainous terrain – such as the over the Appalachians or over much of Puerto Rico - compared with that experienced over flat terrain3.) The historical examples provided in each of the categories correspond with the observed or estimated maximum wind speeds from the hurricane experienced at the location indicated. These do not necessarily correspond with the peak intensity reached by the system during its lifetime. It is also important to note that peak 1-minute winds in hurricane are believed to diminish by one category within a short distance, perhaps a kilometer [~ half a mile] of the coastline4. For example, Hurricane Wilma made landfall in 2005 in southwest Florida as a Category 3 hurricane. Even though this hurricane only took four hours to traverse the peninsula, the winds experienced by most Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County communities were Category 1 to Category 2 conditions. However, exceptions to this generalization are certainly possible.

The scale does not address the potential for other hurricane-related impacts, such as storm surge, rainfall-induced floods, and tornadoes. It should also be noted that these windcaused damage general descriptions are to some degree dependent upon the local building codes in effect and how well and how long they have been enforced. However, for a long time to come, the majority of the building stock in existence on the coast will not have been built to higher code. Hurricane wind damage is also very dependent upon other factors, such as duration of high winds, change of wind direction, and age of structures.




PARISH EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER: The facility that provides coordination and contrl of all emergency response and receovery activities for the Parish during declared emergencies.

EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM: A state-of-the-art digital system designed to give emergnecy Information and instructions from Federal, State, and local authorities. The system is interfaced with the cable television system as well as radio and television stations. When activated, it broadcasts the latest information on weather reports, road conditions, evacuations, shelter locations, reentry information.

EVACUATION ORDER: The most important instruction you will receive from local government officials. When appropriate, the State of Louisiana Evacuation Plan goes into effect. This plan may require, depending on predicted impact, the evacuation of everyone in south Louisiana in vulnerable areas.

EYE: The low-pressure center of a tropical cyclone or hurricane. Though the most intense area of the storm surrounds it, winds are normally calm and sometimes the sky clears.

EYE WALL: The ring of thunderstorms that surrounds a storm’s eye. The heaviest rain, strongest winds and worst turbulence are normally in the eye wall.

FLASH FLOOD: A flood that occurs within a few hours (usually less than six of heavy o excessive rainfall or dam or levee failure.

GALE: Sustained wind speeds from 39 to 54 mph.



HURRICANE: A severe tropical cyclone with sustained winds over 74 mph.

KNOT(s): Unit of speed used in aviation and marine activities. One knot is equal to 1.15 mph.

STORM SURGE: A rise of the sea level along the shore that builds up as a storm (usually a hurricane) moves over water. It is a result of the winds of the storm and low atmospheric pressure.

STORM TRACK: The path that a low-pressure area follows.

TORNADO: A violently rotating column of air classified into three min groups; weak – wind speeds up to 110 mph; strong – wind speeds into 100 to 205 mph; and violent – wind speeds 205 to perhaps 320 mph.

TROPICAL OR SUBTROPICAL DEPRESSION: Cyclones that may have maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less. These are referred to as low-pressure systems in public advisories and statements.

TROPICAL STORM: Tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained winds from 39 to 73 mph.

WARNING: Issued when a particular weather or flood hazard is “imminent” or already occurring (e.g., tornado warning or flash flood watch). A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.

WATCH: Forecast issued in advance to alert the public of the possibility of a particular weather-related hazard (tornado watch, flash flood watch). It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.


September 9, 2000 – Tropical Depression Nine
Early–June 2001 – Tropical Storm Allison
August 6, 2001 – Tropical Storm Barry
August 5, 2002 – Tropical Storm Bertha
September 5, 2002 – Tropical Storm Fay
September 14, 2002 – Tropical Storm Hanna
September 26, 2002 – Hurricane Isidore
October 3, 2002 – Hurricane Lili
June 30, 2003 – Tropical Storm Bill
August 31, 2003 – Tropical Storm Grace
September 23, 2004 – Hurricane Ivan
October 10, 2004 – Tropical Storm Matthew
June 11, 2005 – Tropical Storm Arlene
July 5, 2005 – Hurricane Cindy
July 10, 2005 – Hurricane Dennis
August 29, 2005 – Hurricane Katrina
September 24, 2005 – Hurricane Rita
September 13, 2007 – Hurricane Humberto
September 22, 2007 – Tropical Depression Ten
August 4, 2008 – Tropical Storm Edouard
August 31, 2008 – Hurricane Gustav
November 10, 2009 – Hurricane Ida
July 25, 2010 – Tropical Storm Bonnie
Mid–August 2010 – Tropical Depression Five
September 4, 2011 – Tropical Storm Lee
Auust 29, 2012 – Hurricane Isaac
October 6, 2013 – Tropical Storm Karen (warning to Louisiana)
June 16–18, 2015 – Tropical Storm Bill




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