Hurricane season in New Orleans runs from June 1 to mid-November. Before hurricane season begins, make sure your home and family are adequately prepared, including making sure your flood insurance coverage is adequate and up to date.
Before a hurricane, make the following preparations (thank you to Ready.gov for much of this information):
- Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan
- Know your surroundings
- Pay close attention to weather forecasts and storm surge warnings and react to weather warnings and guidance from city officials appropriately
- Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground
- Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you must to evacuate
Secure Your Home for a Hurricane
- Cover all of your home’s windows with the hurricane fabric Make It Right provided with your home
- Trim trees and shrubs around your home so they are more wind resistant
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts
- Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down
- Determine how and where to secure your boat
- Install a generator for emergencies
Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself and your business, visit the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (NFIP) Web site, www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419.