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Hurricane Information:
The Interagency Coordinating Council on Individuals with Disabilities and Emergency Preparedness (ICC) is actively monitoring preparedness activities related to the potential arrival of several weather systems that may result in hurricanes impacting the U.S. For current information, please visit the National Hurricane Center at:

Additionally, the following links will provide you with information related to emergency resources and activities within your state:

For important information on hurricane preparedness, please visit

For up to date tracking of weather events where you live, please go to the National Weather Service Web site.

For Evacuees with Pets: The Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is providing pet evacuation services for people with critical transportation needs (CTN) and vehicles are ready and standing-by at parish pick-up points in Orleans Parish and all coastal parishes.

  • The LDAF Animal Evacuation Center can be found at the LDAF Website at
  • Additional information can be found at the Louisiana State Animal Response Team Website at

For Spanish Gustav Hotlines: Baton Rouge (August 30, 2008) - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) has activated a toll-free number Spanish-speaking residents of the state may call to get the latest information regarding Hurricane Gustav. Citizens may dial 1-866-288-4539 to listen to a recorded message with the most up-to-date information state officials have on the storm and preparations for it. Gustav is now a major hurricane and is expected to impact Louisiana as early as Monday. Residents are asked to continue to monitor local media for updates as the state continues to prepare for possible landfall of Hurricane Gustav. The message will be updated as news warrants.

Find People Online: Locator Systems

  • National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS): Information can be found at the NEFRLS Website at or by calling 1-800-588-9822. The telephone number to search for a missing child is 1-866-908-9570.
  • American Red Cross Safe and Well Website: If you have been affected by a disaster, this website provides a way for you to register yourself as “safe and well.” From a list of standard messages, you can select those that you want to communicate to your family members, letting them know of your well-being. Information can be found at the Red Cross Website at
  • The Louisiana Hospital Association is providing a patient locator service that will be updated continually as information is received. Please know that this may not include every patient transferred from a Louisiana hospital. This service can be found at:

This disability preparedness web site provides practical information on how people with and without disabilities can prepare for an emergency. It also provides information for family members of, and service providers to, people with disabilities. In addition, this site includes information for emergency planners and first responders to help them to better prepare for serving persons with disabilities. Get started by learning what is Emergency Preparedness?

Personal Preparedness Planning
Access information and guidance in developing your plan of action if faced with an emergency or disaster.

Emergency Managers, Responders, Service & Care Providers
Access resources for emergency managers, responders and service and care providers regarding their role in ensuring the safety and security of people with disabilities.

Get Involved in Your Community
Learn how you can best get involved in your community and a tap into guidance regarding community outreach and getting key players involved in disability preparedness efforts at the community level.
Provides an overview on emergency preparedness for individuals and businesses.