Preparing and planning in advance and having the knowledge of what to do in the event of a hurricane, storm, or natural disaster could make a difference in the recovery process.
Here is some information that can assist you in preparation before, during and after a disaster:
Sign up for local alerts and warnings. Monitor local news and weather reports.
Prepare to evacuate by testing your emergency communication plan(s), learning evacuation routes, having a place to stay, and packing a “go bag.”
Stock emergency supplies.
Protect your property by installing storm shutters, trimming trees, reviewing insurance policies, and cataloging belongings.
Collect and safeguard critical financial, medical, educational, and legal documents and records.

Know how to get emergency alerts and messages before you need them:
FEMA Wireless Emergency Alerts - FEMA works with US cell phone carriers to send free emergency texts to cell phones (that can get text messages) within range. You don't have to sign up to receive the messages.  [en español: Alertas - Sistema de alerta de emergencias (de FEMA)]
Emergency Alert System - is a public warning system that uses existing TV, radio, cable, and other systems to send critical messages to the general public. Messages are local or national, depending on the situation.
NOAA Weather Radio - is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Limit contact with flood water
Flood water may have high levels of raw sewage or other hazardous substances. Early symptoms from exposure to contaminated flood water may include upset stomach, intestinal problems, headache and other flu-like discomfort. Anyone experiencing these and any other problems should immediately seek medical attention.
louisiana disaster specific assistance information
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) serves as the Governor's Authorized Representative for disaster events and is responsible for coordinating resources for state and local governments, private non-profits and our Louisiana citizenry.
There are lots of things to think about when your family, pet or business is impacted by a natural or man-made disaster.  After a disaster, in returning home you are faced with the need to rebuild, cleanup, and seek financial and/or other assistance. The resources below provide you potential assistance opportunities.
If you need immediate housing, visit the Disaster Assistance.GOV Emergency Shelter page.
Learn about financial resources, including disaster assistance loans offered for homeowners and renters by the Small Business Administration (SBA). provides a one-stop shop website that list numerous disaster assistance resources.  To review and request assistance programs, please visit
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