Hurricane Preparation & Evacuation

Hurricane preparation should begin now with a thorough review of your home insurance and flood policies to make sure you are properly covered. There are also things you need to do before and after a storm.

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Before A Storm Makes Landfall

  • Be prepared to leave when a mandatory evacuation order is called
  • Check batteries and stock up on non-perishable foods, first aid supplies, pet supplies, drinking water, medications and other supplies for your emergency kit
  • Elevate valuables and electronic equipment, such as computers, off the floor in case of flooding
  • Frequently monitor radio, TV (local and cable) news for instructions, especially information coming from your local officials
  • Have ample cash on hand
  • Have a battery-powered radio and an ample supply of batteries
  • Important papers and documents should be placed in a portable, waterproof container, items such as: 
    • Birth and marriage certificates
    • Bonds and other negotiable certificates
    • Copies of recent tax returns
    • Deeds
    • Driver’s license or personal identification
    • Insurance policies
    • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
    • Social Security card
    • Stocks
    • Wills
  • Make sure you have access to the new ALERT FM Emergency Notification System
  • Make sure you have registered your home phone, cell and email address with the Parish Emergency Notification System. In the event of an evacuation or other storm emergency, you will be contacted by the Parish with specific information and emergency instructions. This is a free service.
  • Prepare to cover all windows and door openings with shutters or plywood
  • Prepare to secure or store lawn furniture and other loose objects such as garbage cans, garden tools, etc.
  • Service and fuel family vehicles

After the Storm

  • Avoid using candles and open flames indoors. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage
  • Check gas, water, electrical lines and appliances for damage. Always assume downed power lines are charged
  • Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until you are certain it is not contaminated. Boil water before using for drinking or food preparation, until your local officials declare the water supply safe
  • Do not drive in areas where roads are closed; do not drive around barricades
  • Keep monitoring radio and TV, if possible
  • Stay on firm ground away from high water

In the Event of an Evacuation

If you decide to evacuate voluntarily or you are given a mandatory evacuation order, secure your home, pack valuables, important papers, emergency kit and leave in an orderly manner, preferably during daylight hours.

The State and Plaquemines Parish has established a mandatory evacuation plan that once implemented, will give specific instructions on how and when to evacuate and includes instructions on the State’s contraflow traffic plan. Plaquemines Parish advises all residents to review this information in advance so if the need arises and a mandatory evacuation is called for, you are familiar with all procedures.