Monday, August 29, 2005
The 28-foot tropical storm surge toppled levees in 53 different areas, flooding over 80% of the city of New Orleans. Hospitals went without power for ICU machines. Tens of thousands of homeless survivors were relocated, and water-borne diseases threatened to cause further damage. The costliest disaster in American history was a national tragedy.
Common Hazards in this State

State Information

Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
7667 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 925-7500

Local Information

East Baton Rouge Parish
Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
3773 Harding Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70807
(225) 389-2100

City of New Orleans
Office of Homeland Security and Public Safety
City Hall 1300 Perdido Street
Suite 8E15
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 658-6900

A day before the 2012 hurricane season began, New Orleans officials launched ready.nola.gov, a website designed to be a one-stop shop for disaster preparation. The page includes registration portals for the city-assisted evacuation plan and City Hall's emergency notification system, which uses text or email messages or phone calls to deliver alerts directly to residents.

Citizen Corps

Get Involved in Preparing your Community. Citizen Corps, Homeland Security's grassroots effort, localizes preparedness messages and provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency response training; participate in community exercises; and volunteer to support local first responders. To learn more and to get involved, contact your nearest Citizen Corps Council by visiting www.citizencorps.gov.

State of Louisiana Citizen Corps Council
7667 Independence Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 925-7500

Localized Ready Programs

Louisiana Office of Emergency Management kicked off the state’s “Get A Game Plan” hurricane preparedness campaign in 2009. The program provides Louisianans with the information and tools they need to prepare for a possible disasters.

Last Updated: 08/20/2019