Preparedness


New Orleans REP recognizes the importance of having an informed citizenry. Given our location in southeast Louisiana, we feel that preparing our residents for a changing environment is imperative.

Our Preparedness Program Wish List is as Follows:

  • Create centralized social media outlets for use before, during, and after disasters
    • A “One Stop Shop” for vital information
  • Provide training sessions for residents
    • Meals will be offered! Come learn how to prepare for and respond to storms
  • Continued analysis of how hurricanes are perceived by the public
    • Should we warn on a basis of storm surge? Flooding?
    • What do residents comprehend best?
  • Coordinate evacuation plans on a neighborhood basis
    • Work with the connections we have to provide transportation out of harm’s way
  • Work toward “In-Place” sheltering
    • Utilize schools and other facilities as shelters and distribution points
    • Not all storms are “the BIG one,” sometimes people need temporary refuge
  • Create a network of community and organization leaders
    • Build a database of contacts and resources to address survivor needs
    • Ensure that communication is possible between relief providers (text msgs, emails, etc.)
  • Formulate and disseminate business and resident Preparedness Plans
    • What type of insurance is best for your home? What will you need during a storm?
    • How can you work to maintain or resume business operations ASAP?
  • Work with local business owners to create points of distribution
    • Organized distribution from local businesses prevents looting and enables aid
  • Provide outlines and sessions for financial planning
    • A hurricane fund is more than a “rainy day” fund
  • Aspire to provide mental health services before and after disasters
    • Disaster events are extremely stressful
    • The constant state of facing disaster produces anxiety and can be overwhelming
    • Recovering from disasters is a difficult feat which requires help along the way
  • Inquire with residents regularly to learn what they need to feel prepared
    • Being prepared is one thing, FEELING prepared is another
  • Ensure to the best of our ability that resident concerns are being heard
    • ┬áHaving power over how your disaster is prevented and handled is essential