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Hurricane Riders
for everyone effected by hurricanes
Here is a summary - as best as could be summarized - from a variety of hurricane prep sources.
Updated June 16, 2007
The following information was downloaded on June 16, 2007 in preparation for hurricane season.  I have some additions to this information that may prove helpful.

1) Keep the local pay phone in operation.  Find the owner of the local payphones in your area.  Maintain owners physical address, company phone number, contact person, and email address in order to contact on the off chance that the pay phones need repair.  Sometimes the payphones work and your home phone does not depending on transmission lines etc. along with area of damages.

2) During the emergency maintain a phone list of contacts heard via the emergency radio - if the radio
is up and running.  (After Katrina 87.0 WWL went off of the air and was not able to    provide local information and at 6AM Friday Aug. 26, 2005 did not indicate the future path of Katrina so do not depend on it totally.)

3) Find the phone numbers of the local radio stations owner, his/her address information, email address.

4) Keep a cell phone with text messaging capability handy for an emergency along with extra batteries, a
phone charger for your car or radio (some emergency radios can charge cell phones.)

5) Three gallons of water per person per day or more ( I would enjoy 6 gallons.)  is most acceptable instead of the minimum recommendations of DHS.  You're going to have to wash hands, clothes, dishes, etc.

6) Expect the unexpected - looting and chaos.  Keep your guns and ammo dry. Stay out of the way and obey curfew's if imposed.

7) Nothing like a BBQ grill in case your electric stove is out or the gas lines down.

8) Wood works too, but please make your fires safe - you may have limited water supply! Signal fires are acceptable, too.

9) Keep at least a month's worth of cash and canned goods on hand. You don't need a can opener - just a sharp knife.

10) Start asking local questions about what has been done in your community in order to better prepare and if they don't answer locally you might want to consider writing CONGRESS! - and simply blog away.


There are six basics that you should stock for your disaster supply kit: water, food, clothing and bedding, first aid supplies, tools and emergency supplies and special items. Keep these items in a waterproof container that can be easily transported from your home to your car and your safe place. Assemble your kit now to allow for immediate action during an emergency. Your family's disaster supply kit should include at least a three-day supply of:

    * Water - One gallon of water per person per day
    * Non-perishable food - Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include the following items:
      Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
          o Canned juices
          o High energy foods
          o Vitamins
          o Comfort goods
          o Condiments
          o Food for infant
    * Clothing and bedding - Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person and the following weather-appropriate items:
          o Sturdy shoes or work boots
          o Rain gear
          o Blankets or sleeping bags
          o Hat and gloves
          o Thermal underwear
          o Sunglasses
          o First aid supplies - Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car
    * Tools and emergency supplies
          o Emergency Preparedness manual
          o Flashlight and extra batteries
          o Non-electric can opener, utility knife
          o Tube tent
          o Tape
          o Matches in a waterproof container
          o Plastic storage containers
          o Paper, pencil
          o Medicine dropper
          o Whistle
          o Sanitation supplies
          o Louisiana Citizen Awareness and Disaster Evacuation Guide
          o Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
          o Cash or traveler's checks, change
          o Fire extinguisher: small canister ABCtype
          o Pliers
          o Compass
          o Aluminum foil
          o Signal flare
          o Needles, thread
    * Shut-off wrench to turn off household gas and water
    * Plastic sheeting
    * Official DOTD Districts and Evacuation Route Map
    * Mess kits, paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
    * Infant and medical supplies: Remember supplies for family members with special requirements,
      such as infants, elderly, persons with disabilities and persons taking medication
    * Entertainment - Games and books
    * Important family documents
          o Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks, bonds
          o Passports, social security cards and immunization records
          o Bank account numbers
          o Credit card account numbers and company addresses
          o Inventory of valuable household goods and important telephone numbers
          o Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
    * Store your kit in a place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supply kit in the trunk of your car. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.


Evacuation Area of the State

Information Point Location


Re-entry from Mississippi on Us 65 & US 84

Tourist Welcome Center

US 65 & 84
1401 Carter St. (US 84)
Vidalia, LA

Re-entry from Mississippi on I-20

Tourist Welcome Center

836 I-20 West
Tallulah, LA

From the Southeast area on LA 1

Paragon Casino

711 Paragon Place
Marksville, LA

From the Southeast/Central areas on I-49

Sammy’s Truck Stop

I-49, Exit 53
3601 LA 115 W
Bunkie, LA

From the Southeast/Central areas on US 71

Med Express Office

7525 US 71
Alexandria, LA

From the Southeast/Southwest/Central areas on US 171 and I-49

P.E. Gym LSU-Shreveport

One University Place
Shreveport, LA

From the Southwest area on US 171

Pickering High School

180 Lebleu Rd.
Leesville, LA

From the Southwest/Central areas on US 165

Mowad Civic Center

5th Ave. and 10th St.
1 blk. Off US 165
Oakdale, LA


American Red Cross
(866) GET-INFor (866) 438-4636

    * Acadiana Chapter (Lafayette) (337) 234-7371
    * Central Louisiana Chapter (Alexandria) (318) 442-6621
    * Louisiana Capital Area Chapter (Baton Rouge) (225) 291-4533
    * Northeast Louisiana Chapter (Monroe) (318) 323-5141
    * Northwest Louisiana Chapter (Shreveport) (318) 865-9545
    * Southeast Louisiana Chapter (Greater New Orleans) (800) 229-8191
    * Southwest Louisiana Chapter (Lake Charles) (337) 478-5122
    * St. Bernard Parish Chapter (504) 278-4228

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
Customer Service Center (225) 379-1232, toll-free (877) 4LADOTD or (877) 452-3683

Louisiana Office or Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
(225) 925-7500

Louisiana State Police Road Home Closure Information
(800) 469-4828

    * Troop A (Baton Rouge) (800) 969-2059
    * Troop B (Kenner) (800) 964-8076
    * Troop C (Gray) (800) 659-5907
    * Troop D (Lake Charles) (888) 225-5577
    * Troop E (Alexandria) (800) 256-4160
    * Troop F (Monroe) (866) 292-8320
    * Troop G (Bossier City) (866) 853-6580
    * Troop I (Lafayette) (888) 768-8746
    * Troop L (Covington) (888) 339-8659
      or dial *LSP (*577) from a cellular phone

Louisiana Department of Social Services

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

Louisiana Attorney General

• Hurricane Hotline (800) 351-6712
• Fair Housing Hotline (800) 273-5718
• Investigations (800) 488-2770
• Medicaid Fraud (800) 799-6885

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

National Weather Service


    * Setting up a family communications plan ahead of time will help make sure you and your family can connect as
      easily and quickly as possible.
    * Designate an individual outside of the state to serve as a family point of contact. (After a disaster, it's
      often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area.)
    * Make sure that all family members know who this person is and how to contact him/her.
    * After a disaster or evacuation, all family members should make contact with the designated individual.
      Try choosing a certain time for everyone to check in.


Louisiana Emergency Alert System
The following radio stations are key participants in the Louisiana Emergency Alert System. In the
event of an emergency, these stations will broadcast emergency information.


        * AM 970 (KSYL)
        * AM 580/FM 96.9 (KZMZ)
        * FM 93.1 (KQID)

    Baton Rouge:

        * AM 1150 (WJB)
        * FM 102.5 (WFMF)


        * FM 102.9 (KAJN)


        * AM 1330 (KVOL)
        * FM 99.9 (KTDY)

    Lake Charles:

        * AM 1470 (KLCL)
        * FM 99.5 (KHLA)

    New Orleans:

        * AM 870 (WWL)
        * FM 101.9 (WLMG)


        * AM 540/FM 101.9 (KNOE)


        * AM 1490 (KRUS)
        * FM 107.5 (KXKZ)


        * AM 1130/FM 94.5 (KWKH)

    NOAA Weather Radio (NWR)
    NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather
    information direct from a nearby National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts National Weather
    Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day.


Shelters are operated by trained individuals and ensure that the safety, security, and basic needs of its
residents are met.

What to bring to a shelter?

    * Change of clothing, blanket, and pillow for each family member
    * Your disaster supply kit, including food, medications, comfort items, and special items for infant or
      elderly family members.

What NOT to bring?

    * There are no weapons, drugs, alcohol, or pets (service animals excluded) allowed in shelters.


"Sheltering in place" is a precaution aimed at keeping citizens safe while remaining indoors. This is not
the same thing as evacuating ta shelter and not recommended for hurricanes. When a "shelter-in-place"
order is given by either local or state government, citizens within the affected area should take the
following protective measures:

    * Get indoors and close all windows and doors.
    * Turn off all sources of outside air (i.e. air conditioners and ventilation fans/ducts).
    * Remain indoors until notified that it is safe to move outdoors.
    * Stay tuned tyour local radi/television station treceive official notices.
    * Limit telephone usage to emergency calls only. This is to prevent the telephone lines from being
      overloaded with non-emergency calls.


    * Natural disasters most likely to occur in Louisiana, particularly in low-lying areas bordering the Gulf of
      Mexico, include hurricanes and flooding due to heavy rains. Residents should be familiar with several terms that describe severe weather conditions:
    * Storm Surge: An abnormal rise of the sea along a shore as the result, primarily of the winds from a storm.
    * Watch: Adverse conditions are possible in the specified area of the WATCH, usually within 36 hour. It may be applied tthe thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes.
    * Warning: Adverse conditions are expected in the specified area of the WARNING, usually within 24
      hours. May be applied tthunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes.


    * If you are a pet owner, your family's disaster plan must include your pets. Bring pets indoors at the first sign of danger. If you must evacuate, the best thing you can do to protect your pet is to evacuate them too.
    * Identify boarding facilities, veterinarians, or hotels outside of the affected areas that can accept your pets. If you have notice of an impending disaster, call ahead for reservations.
    * Pet-friendly shelters may be opened during an evacuation. This information will be available at shelter information points.
    * Create a disaster readiness kit for your pet including food, water, first aid supplies, feeding dishes, leashes, carrier, blanket, etc.
    * Make sure all family members are aware of these preparations.

LQ's Links Found in this document


Louisiana Parish Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness
Contact Numbers


 Acadia         Lee Hebert     (337) 783-4357     (337) 788-8852
 Allen         John Richer     (337) 584-5156     (337) 584-5156
 Ascension     Rick Webre     (225) 621-8360     (225) 621-8362
 Assumption     John Boudreaux     (985) 369-7351     (985) 369-7341
 Avoyelles     Weber "Chip" Johnson     (318) 253-7291     (318) 253-9218
 Beauregard     Glen Mears, Sr.     (337) 463-3281     (337) 463-6347
 Bienville     Rodney Warren     (318) 263-2019     (318) 263-7404
 Caddo/Bossier     Sandy Davis     (318) 425-5351     (318) 425-5940
 Calcasieu     "Dick" Gremillion     (337) 721-3800     (337) 437-3583
 Caldwell     Dale Powell     (318) 649-3764     (318) 649-3765
 Cameron     Clifton Hebert     (337) 912-7418     (337) 775-2959
 Catahoula     Debra Renda     (318) 744-5697     (318) 744-5697
 Claiborne     Dennis Butcher     (318) 927-9118     (318) 927-2115
 Concordia     Morris White     (318) 757-8248     (318) 757-7200
 DeSoto         Alan Bounds     (318) 872-3956     (318) 872-2304
 E. Baton Rouge     JoAnne Moreau     (225) 389-2100     (225) 389-2114
 East Carroll     Joseph Jackson     (318) 559-2256     (318) 559-1502
 East Feliciana     Travis Prewitt     (225) 634-5113     (225) 634-7267
 Evangeline     Liz Hill         (337) 363-3267     (337) 363-3308
 Franklin     Bill Mulkey     (318) 435-9735     (318) 435-9420
 Grant         Robert Meeker     (318) 627-3041     (318) 627-5927
 Iberia         James Anderson     (337) 369-4427     (337) 369-9956
 Iberville     Laurie Doiron     (225) 687-5140     (225) 687-5146
 Jackson     Kenneth Pardue     (318) 259-2361     (318) 259-5660
 Jefferson     Deano Bonano     (504) 349-5360     (504) 349-5366
 Jefferson Davis     Ricky Edwards     (337) 821-2100     (337) 821-2105
 Lafayette     William Vincent     (337) 291-5075     (337) 291-5080
 Lafourche     Chris Boudreaux     (985) 537-7603     (985) 537-7297
 LaSalle         Joe P. Stevens     (318) 992-0673     (318) 992-7390
 Lincoln         Dennis Woodward (318) 513-6200     (318) 513-6209
 Livingston     Brian Fairburn     (225) 686-3066     (225) 686-3074
 Madison     Earl Pinkney     (318) 574-3230     (318) 574-2773
 Morehouse     Jerre Hurst     (318) 282-3517     (318) 283-3322
 Natchitoches     Chris Page     (318) 352-2714     (318) 357-2208
 Orleans         Jerry Sneed     (504) 658-8700     (504) 658-8701
 Ouachita     Dean Dozier     (318) 322-2641     (318) 322-7356
 Plaquemines     Jesse St. Amant     (504) 682-0081     (504) 297-5394
 Pointe Coupee     Donald Ewing     (225) 694-9014     (225) 694-5408
 Rapides     Sonya Wiley     (318) 445-5141     (318) 445-5605
 Red River     Russell Adams     (318) 932-5981     (318) 932-6651
 Richland     Tommy Burgess     (318) 728-0453     (318) 728-7004
 Sabine         Kenny Carter     (318) 256-5637     (318) 256-9652
 St. Bernard     Henry Rodriguez     (504) 278-4267     (504) 271-7343
 St. Charles     Tab Troxler     (985) 783-5050     (985) 783-6375
 St. Helena     Mark Harrell     (225) 222-3544     (225) 222-3696
 St. James     Gerald Falgoust     (225) 562-2364     (225) 562-2269
 St. John     Paul Oncale     (985) 652-2222     (985) 652-2183
 St. Landry     Lisa Vidrine     (337) 948-7177     (337) 948-9139
 St. Martin     Sheriff Ronnie Theriot(337) 394-3071 (337) 394-5705
 St. Mary     Duval H. Arthur, Jr. (985) 385-2600     (337) 828-4092
 St. Tammany     Dexter Accardo     (985) 898-2359     (985) 898-3030
 Tangipahoa     Dawson Primes     (985) 748-9602     (985) 748-7050
 Tensas     William 'Rick" Foster     (318) 766-3992     (318) 766-4391
 Terrebonne     Michael Deroche     (985) 873-6357     (985) 850-4643
 Union         Brian Halley     (318) 368-3124     (318) 368-2728
 Vermilion     Robert LeBlanc     (337) 898-4308     (337) 898-4309
 Vernon         Kenneth Noble     (337) 238-7225     (337) 238-4987
 Washington     Tommy Thiebaud (985) 732-5200     (985) 732-5830
 Webster     John Stanley     (318) 846-2454     (318) 846-2446
 West Baton Rouge Sharlot Edwards (225) 346-1577     (225) 346-0284
 West Carroll     Peggy Robinson     (318) 428-2704     (318) 428-0122
 West Feliciana     Jesse Means     (225) 635-6428     (225) 635-6996
 Winn         Harry Foster     (318) 332-1960

Emergency Alert System Regions


 New Orleans - AM 870/WWL - FM 101.9/WLMG
  Lake Charles - AM 1470/KLCL - FM 99.5/KHLA
  Lafayette - AM 1330/KVOL - FM 99.9/KTDY
  Crowley - FM 102.9/KAJN
  Baton  Rouge - AM 1150/WJBO - FM 102.5/WFMF
  Alexandria - FM 93.1/KQID - AM970/KSYL
  Alexandria - AM 580/FM 96.9 - KZMZ
  Northeast - AM 540/FM 101.9 - KNOE
  Shreveport - AM 1130/FM 94.5 - KWKH
  Ruston - FM 107.5 KXKZ - AM 1490/KRUS

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Hey, mister…where’d ya get that gas?

Does your parish have a plan to supply generators to gas stations along the hurricane evacuation routes?

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Hurricane season is fast approaching. Please tell your friends about this place so we can get it up and running.

If order to have your state featured in the info, someone has to volunteer to be the admin for it. Its a really simple job.
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I was wondering if I'd have to wait for next season and search for "2007hurricanes". Being a Florida resident probably makes me a little biased, but I watch this stuff VERY closely. In a twisted way, I'm kinda sad this year's season is over.

Here are some of my favorite sites to watch:

1. Hunkered Down. (Image/graphic heavy, dial-up beware.)

2. Florida Hurricane.

3. Jay's Hurricane Images. (This one is sometimes slow, but it's just some humble Farker and his Geocities page.)

Charley came to my neighborhood on Friday the 13th, August of '04 (his cousins Frances and Jeanne came through soon after). I've been a hurricane_rider ever since.
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