With hurricane season upon us, it is
important to make the appropriate preparations.
1. BEFORE A HURRICANE
1.1. At the university:
1.1.1 Please familiarize yourself
with CM-51, the Policy on Weather Related Emergency
Procedures for LSUHSC-New Orleans.
1.1.2 Sign up for
LSUHSC-NO’s emergency text messaging system at the link
below if you have not already done so. This will allow you
to receive updates from LSUHSC- management on your cell
phone in the event of an emergency. Please note that
e2campus is only used for emergency messages so you don’t
have to worry about receiving promotional texts.
1.1.3 Back up any important digital
files on desktop or laptop computers to your O: drive or
your departments shared drive (T: drive).
1.1.4 Familiarize yourself with your
department’s and/or school’s emergency plan.
are usually the first thing to break down in a disaster. The
more ways you have to communicate, the more likely it is you
can get through. Make sure your department has at least
three ways to contact you in addition to your home telephone
number. This can include cell phone number, the number of
the location you are evacuating to, and, the number of a
friend or a relative who lives outside affected area with
whom you will be in contact during the emergency. If you
have a blackberry, make sure the PIN number is included in
that list. If your department has the name of your cell
phone service provider, they can send emails directly to
your cell phone.
1.1.6 Practice sending and receiving
text messages. During emergencies, voice channels become
overwhelmed but text messages can get through. (This is one
of the reasons why the University has invested in e2campus.)
Make sure you include your cell phone service provider
(Verizon, ATT, Sprint, etc.) in your emergency contact list.
1.1.7 If you have been assigned
equipment to use during an emergency or an evacuation such
as a laptop, blackberry, cell phone, WWAN card, etc., make
sure you understand its proper operation.
1.1.8 Remember that the University campus will
be closed during the emergency. Plan to evacuate to a
location well outside of the affected area.
1.1.9 Plan how you will communicate
with your supervisor and co-workers, family and friends and
receive announcements from government and University
officials during the emergency. Understand that an emergency
can render a particular mode of communication (e.g. cell
phones) inoperative, so plan for multiple ways to send and
receive information. These can include but are not limited
184.108.40.206 Landline phones at your
220.127.116.11 A friend or relative outside
the disaster area who can act as a message center.
18.104.22.168 Internet access (Is it
available where you plan to evacuate? LSUHSC will put up an
emergency website where you can update your contact
22.214.171.124 Email (both LSUHSC address
and an alternate)
126.96.36.199 Text messaging (Don’t forget
to sign up for e2campus!)
188.8.131.52 Satellite radio (They have
The Weather Channel)
184.108.40.206 Cell phones (Remember that
for weeks after Katrina, cell phones with a 504 area code
remained inoperative. You may want to consider an emergency
“pay as you go” phone with another area code as part of your
emergency equipment.) Make sure to communicate this
information to your supervisor, coworkers, family and
friends once it has been developed but before a hurricane is
in the gulf.
220.127.116.11 With the switchover of
television broadcasting to all HD after June 12, 2009 you
may want to consider one of those USB HDTV tuners that plug
into a laptop to replace the now useless portable TV.
1.2 At home:
1.2.1 Develop a family disaster plan
and know how to stay safe in a hurricane. Discuss what your
family should do when a hurricane/tropical storms threatens
and where you might go in an evacuation - to a shelter,
hotel or to stay with family or friends. Don't forget about
pets. Many shelters will not permit them, some motels
routinely accept pets, and some do not. Others will do so
for an additional charge. Many will make exceptions for
evacuees it the affected regions, so plan in advance what to
do with them. The following websites have valuable
information to assist in forming a hurricane preparedness
1.2.2 Print out enough copies of the
emergency evacuation guide for your area to put one in each
vehicle and post one in your home. In addition to
contra-flow maps, these guides have information on emergency
shelters, government phone numbers, protecting pets and
emergency supply lists.
If you live in Southeast Louisiana
If you live in Southwest Louisiana
1.2.3 Examine any trees near the
house. Trim back any branches which might damage the
1.2.4 Reinforce the framing of the
house with metal braces.
1.2.5 Keep an axe in the attic.
1.2.6 Examine the roof of the house
and replace or repair any damaged or peeled up shingles.
1.2.7 Examine the sides of the house
for any attachments (antennas, gutters, etc.) that may be
loose and make necessary repairs.
1.2.8 Examine the grounds around the
house and remove any loose objects that don’t need to be
there that could become missiles for you or your neighbors
in high winds.
1.2.9 If you have a generator, test
it and re-familiarize yourself with its proper operation.
Perform any needed maintenance.
1.2.10 Replenish any emergency
supplies in your home. The following links provide
recommendations for emergency supplies.
1.2.11 Develop an emergency kit for
your car and a “grab and go” bag or knapsack with the bare
essentials in the event you must leave in a hurry. The
following link has suggestions for the contents of the “grab
and go” bag and the auto emergency kit.
2. WHEN A HURRICANE IS
HEADED TOWARDS NEW ORLEANS
The probability that a hurricane
will strike the New Orleans area is something that develops
over a period of days. Know what Hurricane WATCH and
conditions are possible in the specified area of the WATCH,
usually within 36 hours.
conditions are expected in the specified area of the
WARNING, usually within 24 hours.
It may take several days before it
becomes clear whether New Orleans will be the place where
the hurricane makes landfall. During that period you should:
2.1 At the University
2.1.1 Check digital signs, emails,
website for updates and specific instructions regarding the
university. Announcements will also be sent via e2campus
text messages. Remember that normal operations will continue
until the Chancellor announces the closure of the campus.
2.1.2 Complete backups of any
critical digital information to University file servers
(O:, T:, U:, and V: drives. )
2.1.3 Secure offices against wind
and water damage.
2.1.4 Make sure all papers are
placed in file drawers.
2.1.5 Make sure all
Protected Health Information (PHI) is secured
in accordance with CM-53.
2.2 At Home
2.2.1 Monitor television (Remember,
analog TV's, including the little portable ones, will no
longer receive signals after June 12, 2009), commercial
radio and NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts. Go to
www.noaa.gov for weather
2.2 2 Monitor websites with
hurricane information. Some good ones are:
2.2.3. Plot the movement of the
hurricane on a tracking map. These maps can be found in most
stores during hurricane season and can be downloaded from
the following sites:
2.2.3 Remove any remaining loose
items (toys, lawn chairs, potted or hanging plants, etc.)
from your yard that could become missiles in high winds.
2.2.4 Secure windows and doors
against flying objects. (Board up, close shutters, etc.)
3. WHEN THE TIME COMES TO
3.1 At the university
Include the following with any
documents you bring with you in your evacuation.
3.1.1. Your LSUHSC-NO ID badge
3.1.2. A printed copy of your
department’s Emergency Contact List.
3.1.3 If you have a blackberry,
print a copy of the Blackberry user list which can be found
3.1.4. Make sure you pack the
following items to take with you:
18.104.22.168. Power supply for the
laptop. (This is the black, brick-shaped device that plugs
between your laptop and the wall socket along with all the
22.214.171.124. Blackberries (if you have
been assigned one.)
126.96.36.199. Chargers for blackberries
(both wall and mobile chargers)
188.8.131.52. Cell phones
184.108.40.206. Chargers for cell phones.
(both wall and mobile chargers)
220.127.116.11. Verizon cards (if you’ve
been assigned one)
18.104.22.168. Any other needed cables
(e.g. network cables)
3.2 At Home
3.2.1 Pack for your evacuation based
upon the family disaster plan you developed in number 1
above. Don't forget to include:
22.214.171.124 Important papers (Birth
certificates, passports, insurance policies, deeds, titles,
126.96.36.199 Enough clothes for a week.
188.8.131.52 Medications for at least a
184.108.40.206 Any additional items for
infants, elderly, pets, or other with special needs.
220.127.116.11 Food and drinks for at least
3.2.2 Based on your preparations
above, select the contra-flow route that works best for your
destination. You can monitor traffic flow on the DOTD
webcams at the following link:
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway has
a webcam located at the Northshore toll booth that also
shows traffic in the Northbound lanes:
Remember, once you have entered the
contra flow lane, your direction is set until you reach the
terminus of the contra flow. Plan your route carefully!
4. WHILE YOU
4.1 Monitor television and radio
broadcasts and local news websites.
Note that WWL-AM (870 on the AM
dial) can frequently be heard in distant parts of the
country especially at night.
4.2 Monitor the LSUHSC website
instructions. Be sure to update your contact information on
the website if it changes.
5. RETURNING HOME
5.1 Monitor television and radio
broadcasts and websites for announcements about when it is
safe to return.
5.2 En route to your home, be
prepared for traffic that is as heavy, or even heavier than
when you evacuated. Make sure to fill your gas tank before
5.3 Be prepared for lack of services
when you return. Water, gas, phone and electricity may not
be available yet in your neighborhood. You may need to go
long distances to get gasoline for cars, generators and
chainsaws as well as groceries and other necessities.
5.4 Inspect property for damage. Be
especially alert for damage to electrical lines, gas lines
and water lines. Do not turn on electrical power, gas or
water if any damage is suspected until it has been repaired
and inspected by a licensed professional.
5.5 Always wear protective clothing.
The area WILL be littered with branches, metal, electrical
wires and other hazards. BE CAREFUL. Most injuries that
occur in a hurricane occur AFTER the hurricane is past.