What You Can Do 2017-05-07T12:54:23+00:00

What You Can Do

The Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS), with its surge barriers, floodwalls, floodgates and levees is one of the strongest and largest flood protection systems in the world.  The system was designed and constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prevent surge from a 100-year storm event that has a 1% chance of occurring in any given year.  The Flood Protection Authority-East operates and maintains this system to protect the Greater New Orleans area. 

Steps to Protect Your Homes, Families and Businesses

Steps to Protect Your Homes, Families and Businesses


a. Flood insurance

In most areas of Southeast Louisiana, homeowners are required to carry flood insurance.  Even if you are not in a flood zone, we recommend that you buy enough flood insurance to at least cover the contents of your home or apartment. Learn more

 

b. Flood-proofing
If you live in an area that experiences frequent flooding, you may consider elevating your home.  If this is not possible, you can raise the height of your air conditioning and heating units and other outside utilities. Learn more

c. Green Infrastructure
Green infrastructure can be used as a cheaper alternative from the usual pipes and concrete to channel rainwater away from your property. Using your lawns and gardens to absorb rainwater includes creating small ponds, bioswales (vegetative drainage channels with gently sloping sides) and rain gardens.  Changing your driveway and other concrete surfaces near your home to gravel and grass will allow rainwater to percolate into the ground. Learn more


a. Flood insurance

In most areas of Southeast Louisiana, homeowners are required to carry flood insurance.  Even if you are not in a flood zone, we recommend that you buy enough flood insurance to at least cover the contents of your home or apartment. Learn more

 

b. Flood-proofing
If you live in an area that experiences frequent flooding, you may consider elevating your home.  If this is not possible, you can raise the height of your air conditioning and heating units and other outside utilities. Learn more

c. Green Infrastructure
Green infrastructure can be used as a cheaper alternative from the usual pipes and concrete to channel rainwater away from your property. Using your lawns and gardens to absorb rainwater includes creating small ponds, bioswales (vegetative drainage channels with gently sloping sides) and rain gardens.  Changing your driveway and other concrete surfaces near your home to gravel and grass will allow rainwater to percolate into the ground. Learn more

Be prepared in advance of an approaching storm.  A few examples of simple actions you can take include: purchasing sandbags and pre-cut plywood for your windows; trimming tree branches; bringing valuable outdoor items indoors and securing others; preparing an emergency kit; putting important paperwork in a safe place; filling all medicine prescriptions; and writing down emergency agencies’ contact information. Learn more

Be prepared in advance of an approaching storm.  A few examples of simple actions you can take include: purchasing sandbags and pre-cut plywood for your windows; trimming tree branches; bringing valuable outdoor items indoors and securing others; preparing an emergency kit; putting important paperwork in a safe place; filling all medicine prescriptions; and writing down emergency agencies’ contact information. Learn more

Evacuation is always the best line of defense against loss of life in storm surge floods. You can assure your safety by having and implementing an evacuation plan when directed by local officials. Learn more

a.     Residents with transportation and a destination:
Plan your route and destination early. Gas-up your vehicle. Leave well in advance to avoid heavy traffic. State evacuation and contraflow maps are available at the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Learn more

b.     Residents without means of transportation or an evacuation destination:
Free evacuation transportation is provided in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes. Special assistance is also provided to the elderly and the disabled. Pets are part of the family and are included in assisted evacuation. Learn more from your parish agency:

City of New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Department

St. Bernard Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Evacuation is always the best line of defense against loss of life in storm surge floods. You can assure your safety by having and implementing an evacuation plan when directed by local officials.
Learn more

a. Residents with transportation and a destination:
Plan your route and destination early. Gas-up your vehicle. Leave well in advance to avoid heavy traffic. State evacuation and contraflow maps are available at the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Learn more

b. Residents without means of transportation or an evacuation destination:
Free evacuation transportation is provided in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes. Special assistance is also provided to the elderly and the disabled. Pets are part of the family and are included in assisted evacuation. Learn more from your parish agency:

City of New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Jefferson Parish Emergency Management Department

St. Bernard Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness