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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Preparing Your Home

Preparing your home well in advance of a storm can help reduce potential damage and increase recovery time if your home sees damage during a hurricane.

Before Hurricane Season



  • Clear space inside where you can bring in outdoor furniture, decorative objects, and other items around your house so that they do not blow away or cause damage during a storm.
  • Take steps so you can tie down or bring in your trash and recycling bins during a storm. Citizens with City-issued bins have to pay replacement fees if their cans disappear. 



  • Determine how and where you will secure boats or RVs.

​Supplies and Insurance

  • Take pictures of your home, inside and out. Store photos with copies of all important papers, including insurance information, either in a secure location online or in a waterproof container. 
  • Store extra water and non-perishable foods along with emergency kits and to-go bags.
  • Consider installing a generator for emergencies where you may need to shelter-in-place with no power.

Before a Storm


  • Secure or bring inside all loose outdoor objects, including lawn furniture, signs, garbage and recycling bins.
  • Secure RVs and/or boats


  • Put plywood over all windows or close storm shutters. Taping windows does not prevent them from breaking.
  • Prepare area inside home well away from windows where your family can wait out a storm if you are sheltering-in-place


  • Plan for extended power outages that may mean the refrigerator and freezer will be off, as well as lights. Turn fridge below 40 degrees, and freeze containers of water to create ice. Open and close door as little as possible if power goes off. Read more food safety tips here
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Last updated: 5/14/2015 8:11:02 PM

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