Phased State Evacuations
During a threat of a hurricane, a phased evacuation will be based on geographic location and time in which tropical storm winds are forecasted to reach the affected areas.
- 50 hours before onset of tropical storm winds. Includes areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway. These areas are outside any levee protection system and are vulnerable to Category 1 and 2 storms. During Phase I, there are no route restrictions.
- 40 hours before onset of tropical storm winds. Includes areas south of the Mississippi River which are levee protected but remain vulnerable to Category 2 or higher storms. During Phase II, there are no route restrictions.
- 30 hours before onset of tropical storm winds. Includes areas on the East Bank of the Mississippi River in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area which are within levee protection system but remain vulnerable to a slow-moving Category 3 or any Category 4 or 5 storm. During Phase III, certain routes will be directed and the Contraflow Plan implemented.
Create a Family Disaster Plan
Decide now where you will go in the event of a hurricane. Learn the evacuation routes and procedures, make a survival kit, and make provisions for pets and family members with special needs. For a comprehensive checklist of items to bring along, see our Hurricane Guide.
State Emergency Systems
Residents should monitor their local EAS station for authoritative evacuation and shelter information. Evacuation route signs (shown left) are located on all parish and state roads that have been designated as major evacuation routes. The lower sign indicates the EAS radio station to monitor for the area of the state through which you are traveling. The EAS radio station will broadcast the latest weather reports, road conditions, and shelter locations. In addition, information (date, time, and locations) will be announced. As the storm gets closer to the risk area, information will be issued every two hours. State Emergency Broadcasting System information is broadcast on the following stations: