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Hurricane Preparedness & Procedures


The hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30th.  The Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. works closely with all local, regional, and state officials and agencies to ensure the safety of our team, members, clients, visitors, and community.  We monitor the Gulf closely and communicate when a threat of a storm develops maintaining communication before, during, and after a storm/emergency/disaster. 

Sign up for general alerts from Jefferson Parish by texting JPALERT to 888-777. Spanish-speaking residents can text JPNOTICIAS to 888-777 


CLICK HERE to view the Jefferson Parish Hurricane Dashboard 


Hurricane Resources


Contraflow Map

National Weather Service

National Hurricane Center

State of Louisiana Emergency Website

Road Closure Map or dial 511 or 888-ROAD-511 (888-762-3511)

Jefferson Parish Police Department

State Shelter Information: text LASHELTER to 898211 or call 2-1-1

Louisiana Crisis Hotline: text REACHOUT to 741741 (available 24/7)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Louisiana 

Department of Children & Family Services or CLICK HERE to locate a loved one

DSNAP or text LASNAP to 898211

Entergy Storm Center

Entergy help hotline: 1-800-368-3749 (ENTERGY)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or dial 1-800-624-FEMA (3362)

Jefferson Transit

Jefferson Parish School District

United Way

American Red Cross

Shelter In Place Safety Tips

Louisiana Flood Maps

Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Blue Roof Program



Medical Needs


If you have a medical or mobility need and cannot get to a bus stop, you may enroll in the Jefferson Parish Medical Needs Registry by clicking HERE.

Registering online is the best way to enroll, but if that is not available, you can call 504-323-1818 and leave a message. We will contact you once we have received your application to let you know if you qualify to be picked up at home during a mandatory evacuation. The Jefferson Parish Medical Needs Registry is not a guarantee of services, and the best method of evacuation is with your loved ones.

Public Assisted Evacuations

For individuals who do not have access to their own transportation outside of the parish, they can use public-assisted evacuation. Public-assisted evacuation will only be available in a mandatory evacuation. If you need to use public assisted Evacuation, Jefferson Transit buses will pick up individuals and their pets at all bus stops across the parish. Then you will be brought to a centralized location where you get onto buses, trains, or planes to be evacuated to large shelters in Northern Louisiana or a surrounding state. You won’t have a choice in what shelter you go to. You will be brought back to Jefferson Parish through the same system once it is safe to return to the parish. 

All citizens entering the public-assisted evacuation must adhere to the following conditions:

  • One suitcase or clothing bag per citizen that is no larger than 30” x 16” in size. All baggage must sit in the citizen’s lap and cannot be placed in the aisle of the bus.
  • No pets of any type are allowed on the buses unless they are placed in a cage or kennel.
  • No weapons of any kind, including firearms, knives, mace, etc., are allowed on the buses.
  • No illegal drugs or substances are allowed on the buses.
  • No alcohol will be allowed on the buses.
  • No ice chests except those that are one gallon in size or smaller will be allowed.
  • No other items, such as chairs, large radios, etc., will be allowed on the buses unless contained in the one 30 x 16-inch suitcase allowed to each evacuee.
  • No smoking will be allowed inside of a bus at any time during the evacuation process.


Most pets can be evacuated with their families. Please bring your pet on a leash or in a carrier with you to the bus stop. You will also want to bring the pet's medications, food, and vaccination records.

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