Preparedness Programs Wish List


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