Hurricane Prep – Episode #94
Cars on Neutral Ground, Hurricane Barry 2019
Cars on Neutral Ground, Hurricane Barry 2019

Hurricane Prep

Do you ever wonder how hurricane prep works in New Orleans?

I got lots of questions in our Facebook group in the days leading up to Hurricane Barry. Today, I’ll share tips on hurricane prep in New Orleans, answer listener questions, and provide a list of online resources to help you prepare.

Timestamps for Today’s Episode

03:36 Should I Stay or Should I Go?
11:16 What Do You do to Prepare? Even before Hurricane Season
22:36 What to take if you go, what to do if you stay
29:36 Why do people stock up on alcohol for storms?
31:36 How do you secure your garbage can if you don’t have a fence?
32:51 When do you decide how or when to board windows?
33:51 When you return what’s the first thing you have to do?
34:30 What are some typical hurricane snacks?
38:26 Information sources during the storm
48:36 What do you do if you are a visitor and a storm comes?
49:56 Has the Mississippi ever topped the levees in the French Quarter?


During a storm in New Orleans, the best sources of information are local. To help with your hurricane prep, be sure to check these out:

Television stations: WDSU, FOX 8

Local radio: WWL

On Twitter:
@MargaretOrr (New Orleans meteorologist extraordinaire)
@NWS (National Weather Service)
@NWSNHC (National Hurricane Center) – the Director is Ken Graham who spent many years in New Orleans
@NOLAReady – City of New Orleans Emergency Preparedness

Bob Breck’s Blog ( – retired New Orleans meteorologist
Mike’s Weather Page ( – not specific to New Orleans, but all the models and charts you could ever want. NOTE: do not focus on any one specific model!
NOLA Ready ( – City of New Orleans emergency preparedness site

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