It's never to early to start preparing for a hurricane.
Hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30. Planning is even more important now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as it may be more difficult to secure supplies, lodging and food.
If you wait until there is a storm in the Gulf, you may not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them. Now is the time to look ahead and start planning for the possibility of a large storm making landfall near you.
Ochsner Health has an all hazards approach to responding to hurricanes and any emergency situation. Our leaders and staff participate in monthly drills and work year round to create solid emergency response plans. Ochsner conducts a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis, which is a yearly survey with key departments. At Ochsner Health, you can have peace of mind that we are prepared.
Access to utilities, water, food and protection – including local police representatives on site
General stock of supplies and emergency supplementation
Agreements with vendors for supplies
Location of an Incident Command Center
Working with government officials across the parishes and state
Any patient of Ochsner Health has an electronic medical record (EMR). All Ochsner medical records are stored electronically and accessible at any Ochsner location. If you are an Ochsner patient your records are safe. They are backed up electronically everyday and accessible by any Ochsner physician at any Ochsner health center or hospital location. You can also access your medical information through MyOchsner.
Ochsner maintains a fleet of 10 shallow draft vessels with a combined passenger capacity exceeding 100 people. We do, and these boats, combined with additional Ochsner assets, such as two 2.5 ton high water rescue vehicles, comprise our waterborne evacuation capability.
Prepare Your Home:
In the event of a disaster, please check back for important updates and phone numbers that will help you plan for your medical care in the event of an evacuation or disaster.
Before The Storm:
For additional resources visit the following websites:
Plan. Prepare. Stay Informed with the Federal Government’s disaster prep website - Ready.gov