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The City of New Orleans has created an overarching emergency preparedness website called NOLA Ready. It seeks to encourage residents to create and know their plan for various emergency situations. Additionally, residents can sign up for city-wide alerts and other information that will be helpful.

Check out NOLA Ready by clicking here.

Additional information is available on numerous other Louisiana parish websites, so please refer to your local government sites for more specifically detailed information.

Also, NOAA and FEMA both have quality recommendations on their preparedness sites.

Hurricane season is in full swing and most Louisianan’s are aware on basic preparations for an impending storm or severe weather event. However, the Mayo Clinic has put together some good tips specifically for people with disabilities, including practicing getting out of the house in an emergency situation to be sure they are ready at a moment notice.

Check out the full story here for more tips and info.

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Hurricane season began this month. History shows that a lack of preparation is a common thread among major hurricane disasters. If a severe storm strikes, will you be prepared? To keep your family safe, you need to have a winning game plan. The State of Louisiana can help. Visit www.getagameplan.org to make an evacuation plan and be sure to click through the checklist to help you prepare and protect yourself and your loved ones. To make your preparation plans even easier, Louisiana citizens are being given a sales tax holiday on qualifying storm supplies up to $1,500 on May 28 and May 29. For a list of items that qualify, visit the Louisiana Department of Revenue’s website.

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The National Children’s Study will host a free Women and Children’s Health Expo at the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood & Family Learning Center, 2405 Jackson Avenue in New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood, Sunday, May 15th, 1 to 4 p.m. The theme of the expo is “Healthy Pregnancies = Healthy Babies” and will feature health screenings and information on health and wellness topics including child safety tips, hurricane preparedness, ask the doctor sessions with local physicians, chair massages, and fun activities for kids. Light and healthy food and refreshments will also be provided. For more information, download the Expo flyer, and become a fan of the National Children’s Study – New Orleans on facebook.

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A new tropical disturbance is forming in the Caribbean and may move into the Gulf of Mexico next week. It’s important to have detailed plans in place for your family before storms strike. These plans should include where to stay, what to do with pets, where to pack needed medicines, and how to stay in touch with family members should you have to evacuate. Visit www.getagameplan.org for more information on planning for your family’s hurricane safety.

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is urging residents to sign up for the city’s emergency text-message alert system. In the case of a city wide emergency – such as an approaching hurricane – the system will allow the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to quickly send text-messages with accurate information and important instructions to everyone who is enrolled. To sign up, visit www.nolaready.org or send a text-message to NOLA4U (665248). Read more.

Today is the first day of hurricane season. Are you prepared? History shows that a lack of preparation is a common thread among major hurricane disasters. To keep your family safe, you need to have a winning game plan. Here’s a great site from the State of Louisiana that can help.

Preparing for a disaster can feel overwhelming and confusing, but the American Red Cross has launched an online tool to help schools and businesses in Southeast Louisiana prepare for potential disasters. The Ready Rating Program offers school and business leaders a self-assessment tool to help gauge readiness for storms, floods, fires and other catastrophic events.