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Old 08-26-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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Whats the deal with Hurricane season in NOLA? It really seems as it depends who you talk to. Of course you have to be prepared, but some people kind of poo poo it and others are very concerned. How often does it occur, is Sept to Oct going to be safe this year, evacuating process...any info is highly appreciated.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:24 PM
 
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Of course it hapoens every year, just like winter and summer. Whether it is a "bad" season depends on the weather cycle which is hard to predict.

Evacuation neans watching the weather reports, having your car gassed up, and a plan for where you would go. Straight north is generally the idea. Do you have friends or relatives a few hours away who could take you in? Don't leave any pets behind. Keep a list of medications/disages in your wallet. Many people have a weekend bag packed with a few changes of clothes/shoes. Then they throw in the meds and go. Go early rather than later to avoid traffic jams.

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Old 08-26-2013, 03:13 PM
 
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If it is a major storm i.e. Katrina, you'll probably want to leave unless you're a serious boy/girl scout survivalist type. Katrina was a rare event. Think like once in 50 years. The last Hurricane to really affect the city before Katrina was Betsy in 1965 and it only flooded a small portion of the city. A big storm has the potential to overtop some of the levees and flood the low lying neighborhoods, but the conditions have to be just right which, again, is VERY rare. The protection levees are MUCH better than they were before Katrina.

For minor storms, just have some supplies and plan on being without power for a few days, worst case. Sometimes it's just some bad rain, and sometimes the power goes out. It's no different than being anywhere else along the Gulf Coast. You should still have water and gas service, but you might not have electricity during the hottest part of the year. If you don't want to deal with that, then plan on leaving. I would say we get a close call from a small storm once every 5 years on average.

Last year Hurricane Issac left most of the city without power for ~3-4 days. We stayed home and ran a generator to run a window unit ac at night just to make things things more comfortable. After that, everything was back to normal, in the city at least.

If you're outside the levee system, then it's a whole different story.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:11 PM
 
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The wise position is to have a plan about where to go and how to get there. Keep the gas tank full and leave early. Do not wait and get in the bumper to bumper crawl.
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:41 AM
 
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whats it like living down there? I have never been down during hurricane season and it seems the viewpoint depends on whom you ask. sure everyone has a bag etc, but year to year, how often do the evacuations happen? just looking for some honest resident info. does it matter living in a home vs apt...does it still affect people living in say audubon/lgd as much as lakeview/broadmoor? any info would be great. this board is the best resource
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:00 AM
 
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The best thing to do is what others outside of New Orleans do virtually every year. We have a "hurricane box" we stock at the beginning of every season. Some items it includes are emergency lights and canned food. If a storm seems to be heading our way, we then put in the box our important documents and put the box in the trunk of our car. At the beginning of every season, we change out the batteries on all the emergency lights and put in new canned food. At the end of the season, we gradually eat the canned food so it doesn't go to waste. Oh, and another thing we include is a detailed list of our valuables including serial numbers and photographs of our belongings. This will help in insurance claims if the home is destroyed. Prior to and after hurricane season, check your insurance police to see if it includes hurricane and the various forms of damage the storm causes. You won't be able to sign up for hurricane insurance in season for some insurance providers. If you're a renter, get renter's insurance. It's fairly cheap. Speak with the agent about what it will and will not cover in relation to hurricanes. Your property manager is not responsible for replacing your items unless there was a cause like faulty wiring causing a fire for example. Try to plan your evacuation ahead of time. First see if you can find friends and family who're willing to put you up for a few days. If you can't find any, then begin looking into towns to the northeast and northwest of your location. You have to decide which to go to depending on the possible path of the storm. Most of the storm is to the east of the eye of the storm. Generally, northwest is the way to go. But sometimes a storm may be heading northwest. In those cases, heading northeast is the way to go.

Oops, don't forget to include any medications, list of doctors, and if possible, a copy of your prescriptions from your pharmacy.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:21 AM
 
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whats it like living down there? I have never been down during hurricane season and it seems the viewpoint depends on whom you ask. sure everyone has a bag etc, but year to year, how often do the evacuations happen? just looking for some honest resident info. does it matter living in a home vs apt...does it still affect people living in say audubon/lgd as much as lakeview/broadmoor? any info would be great. this board is the best resource
Like I said, an evacuation is rare. It is only a consideration for very strong hurricanes that will directly hit the city. I have honestly left town 3 times in my life and two of those were a non-event. Katrina was the first and only mandatory evacuation in the history of New Orleans.

If you live in one of the higher elevation neighborhoods (grade is at least 4ft), then you could possibly choose to stay knowing that, worst case, even if the levee's failed, your house and possibly your street would remain dry. Now, is that a wise choice? That's up to you. If a Katrina situation happened again, you're looking at water lapping at ~3ft above sea level and 3 weeks without power, running water, police, hospitals, etc.

If you live in one of the lower elevation neighborhoods, you need to go. Period.

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Old 08-27-2013, 10:33 AM
 
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Thanks a lot guys...more than helpful. Everyone says be evacuation ready and they dont really give real examples of the past. Although Katrina can never be forgotten, it's obviously not plausible to think it is going to come every season.

Made it through Sandy and insurance actually kicked in, so cant say Ive never experienced crazy weather. Its just good to hear from people who have the constant possibility lurking.

This always seems to attract a varying response and there are a lot of threads dedicated to it, but what areas of NOLA meet the "4 ft" requirement and are good neighborhoods with a good feel to it. I am attracted to Audubon and possibly some areas off Magazine over say a Bywater which is a very cool spot, but a little more.....rural. Thanks guys
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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This always seems to attract a varying response and there are a lot of threads dedicated to it, but what areas of NOLA meet the "4 ft" requirement and are good neighborhoods with a good feel to it.
Carrollton, parts of Uptown, Garden Dist, Irish Channel, Warehouse Dist, French Quarter, Marigny Bywater, Holy Cross, Lakeshore, Algiers Point, etc. Basically anywhere along the river or very close to the lake. City Park Ave and Gentilly Blvd run along a narrow ridge that is ~3-4ft above sea level.

See: http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1306/pdf/c1306_ch3_g.pdf
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:38 PM
 
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great map thanks!!
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