The Health Department's Emergency Preparedness Program plans for and responds to all public health emergencies in New Orleans including natural disasters, disease outbreaks, mass casualty incidents and more. The Health Department is committed to monitoring the availability of public health and medical services and providing evacuation/sheltering assistance to medically vulnerable populations.
The Special Needs Registry identifies individuals who require special assistance during emergencies including hurricanes, evacuations, sheltering-in-place, and chemical spills. Enrollment in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, but allows first responders to appropriately plan for, prepare for and respond to community needs. Residents can enroll in the Special Needs Registry by calling 311 or filling out a Special Needs Registry application.
The New Orleans Health Department and NOLA Ready provide information for residents about ways that individuals with special needs can prepare for hurricanes and other emergencies.
All residents and visitors of New Orleans are encouraged to prepare for flu season which lasts from October to May.
Are you interested in volunteering during a public health emergency? The Medical Reserve Corps offers opportunities for both medical and non-medical volunteers to serve during emergencies at evacuation sites, shelters and points of dispensing. The NOMRC also assists the community by providing first aid stations at planned events and preparedness trainings at health fairs and other events.