According to officials, at least seven tornadoes touched down in the state yesterday, the biggest of which hit New Orleans East. The the affected area encompassed about 5,000 properties, and that the city's emergency workers are transitioning from rescue to recovery operations going into Wednesday.
Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in New Orleans and assured residents that "budgetary constraints will not prevent the state from doing what it needs to do to help the citizens of New Orleans."
Emergency crews are continuing to work tirelessly around the clock to respond to resident calls as quickly as possible. Responders have been going house to house in New Orleans East, checking for victims who need help and marking homes with spray-painted x's and o's to show that they've been searched.
Photo: The Times-Picayune
The City has opened a temporary shelter at the Joe W. Brown Recreation Center at 5601 Read Blvd. in New Orleans for impacted residents. There will be food, water and cleaning supplies available for pick up today.
The Red Cross urges anyone evacuating to a shelter to bring the following essential items for each member of the family:
- Prescriptions and emergency medications
- Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
- Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
- Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
- Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
- Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
- Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
- Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself
- Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters; service animals are permitted.
RTA is providing shuttle service to the shelter for residents without transportation. Pick up points for Shelter Shuttle Service are as follows:
- Dwyer Road and Wilson Avenue
- Dwyer Road and Crowder Boulevard
- Dwyer Road and Wright Road
Entergy customers are encouraged to go to www.entergy.com to sign up for text messages. Residents may call 1-800-9OUTAGE to report outages or downed power lines.
The Red Cross in partnership with other service providers will be on site at Joe Brown Park to take initial assessments for short term and long term housing needs.
For more updates, follow the Louisiana Region of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @ARCLousiana. You can also contact the region at redcross.org/Louisiana or call 1-800-256-4733 or 1-800-REDCROSS.
State teams and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will continue assessments throughout the day Wednesday in the affected areas. In addition to state assistance, the Louisiana Army National Guard is providing 150 personnel to help with security issues in Orleans Parish. Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is sending cots, blankets, food and water to local shelters.
If you have services or goods to offer to affected residents, please call the New Orleans City Council Office at (504) 658-1050. For a list of places online and around New Orleans currently accepting donations, click here.