Hurricane Procedures

Published September 13th, 2020 by Book NOLA

As you likely already know, New Orleans is no stranger to experiencing tropical storms and the occasional hurricane. If you happen to be visiting us during one of those times, we would just like to provide you with some safety tips and procedures to make sure that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable stay while in New Orleans.

Things to do Right BEFORE a Tropical Storm/Hurricane:

  • Listen to local area radio (870AM), NOAA radio, TV stations (WDSU/WWL), or the internet ( / for the latest information and updates.

  • Be prepared to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations. Find a local emergency shelter.

  • Ensure flashlights, batteries, water, and other essentials are replenished, especially medications or other medical supplies. Keep it nearby.

Things to do DURING a hurricane:

  • Stay indoors.

  • Don’t walk on beaches, riverbanks or in flood waters.

  • Use flashlights in the dark if the power goes out. Do NOT use candles.

  • Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.

  • Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects/animals, or downed power lines. Flood waters often have a strong current to them that can sweep cars away and be dangerous to people. 

If you MUST go outside:

  • Don't walk, swim or drive through floodwater. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.

  • If caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.

  • Don't walk on beaches or riverbanks.

  • Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water.

  • Stay out of areas subject to flooding. Underpasses, dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. can become filled with water very quickly.

To find more information about what to do throughout the course of a hurricane, please visit:

For the most up-to-date local information (and to sign up for emergency text alerts) visit:

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. As always, we hope all of our guests enjoy their stay in New Orleans. 


The Book NOLA Team

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