NEW ORLEANS, LA – The City of New Orleans is monitoring Tropical Storm Karen currently developing in the Gulf of Mexico. In anticipation of severe weather forecasted for the area, the City is reminding residents to monitor weather conditions and stay alert. According to the National Weather Service, heavy rain and storms will affect the area beginning Friday evening.
In advance of the weather, the City is asking residents to take the following precautions:
Clean or clear catch basins near your home.
Check on your neighbors and the elderly to make sure they have plans in place.
Citizens are encouraged to sign up for email and text message alerts by going to http://ready.nola.gov. This service allows City officials to contact citizens during emergencies, which includes life-threatening weather events, evacuation or shelter in place information, and other pertinent emergency information. In addition to the website, the City operates a twitter handle: @nolaready.