Storm Preparation and Recovery Information

Information from American Red Cross and Ready.gov

RED CROSS FLOOD SAFETY INFORMATION

Get Ready for Flooding

  • Pack your emergency kit. Include a gallon of water per person, per day – 3 days for evacuation, 2-week supply for home. Also pack a 3-day supply of non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery or hand crank radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, medications, sanitation and personal hygiene items, cell phone with charger, family and emergency contact information, extra cash, a map of the area and items for babies, anyone with special needs and your pets.
  • Make sure everyone in your household knows what to do if a flood watch or warning is issued.
  • Get access to NOAA radio broadcasts.
  • Keep insurance policies, valuables and other important documents in a safe deposit box or a safe place not likely to be damaged in a flood. Take pictures and keep copies of important documents and files on a flash drive that you can carry with you. Have your insurance agent’s phone number as well as the web address or number to file a claim.
  • Don’t forget your pets. Prepare a pet emergency kit for your companion animals.

Right Before a Flood

  • Know the difference between a watch and warning. A watch means that a flood or flash flood is possible in your area, while a warning means that flooding/flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
  • Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
  • Be prepared to evacuate quickly if directed and know your routes and destinations. If someone needs to find a shelter they can visit redcross.org/shelter.
  • Check emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply. Keep it nearby.
  • Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.

During a Flood

  • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground. Evacuate if directed. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage.
  • Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
  • Avoid already flooded areas and areas that are subject to sudden flooding such as dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc. Stay away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm drains.
  • Do not attempt to cross flowing streams or water covered roads.
  • If caught in a flash flood, try to get to higher ground and stay there. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.
  • Turn around and find another route if you come upon floodwater, rapidly rising water or barricades.
  • Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water. It may be contaminated with sewage.

More information, including a flood safety checklist in several languages, is available here.

DOWNLOAD APPS - People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps. These apps are also available in Spanish. Search for “American Red Cross” in your mobile app store or go to redcross.org/apps. In the app, go to “settings” and “change your apps language” to switch your language to Spanish.

 

Be Safe AFTER

  • Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Avoid driving, except in emergencies.
  • Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up.
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.

Additional recovery resources can be found in the disaster guide available here

 

Quick Links:

 

Parish Contacts:

Parish

Number

Ascension

 Citizens Service Number:

 225-450-1200

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 225-621-8360

Assumption

 LA #911 down in part of Assumption Parish

 Direct line to Assumption Parish 911 Center:

 985-369-7386

Calcasieu

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 337-721-3800

East Baton Rouge

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 225- 389-2100

East Feliciana 

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness:  

 225- 719-1962 and 225-244-5881

Iberia 

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness:

  337-369-4427

Iberville 

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 225-687-5140

Jefferson

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 (504) 349-5360

Lafayette

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 (337) 291-5075

Lafourche

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 (985) 537-7603

Livingston

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 225-686-3066

Orleans

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness:  

 504-658-8700

Plaquemines

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 504-934-6000 

Pointe Coupee

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness:

 225-638-9556

St Bernard

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness:  

 504-278-4268

St Helena

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 225-222-3544

St James

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 225-562-2346

St John the Baptist

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 985-652-2222 

St Martin

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 (337) 394-2800

St Mary

 (337) 828-4100 Ext 135

St Tammany

 Emergency Operations Center: 985-898-2323

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 985-898-2359 

Tangipahoa

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 985-748-3211

Terrebonne

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness:  

 985-873-6357

Washington

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 985-839-0434 

West Baton Rouge

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness:

 (225) 346-1577

West Feliciana Parish 

 Parish Office of Emergency and Preparedness:

 225-784-3136 

St Charles Parish

 Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: 

 985-783-5050