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Published Date: 2010/4/7 18:20:00
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Hurricane Plan Overview for 2010
Hurricane Plan Overview for 2010

The object of this plan is to establish procedures to minimize storm related damage to LHCA property and protect the lives and property of residents.

In an effort to advise all residents of the LHCA Board of Directors planned actions during an approaching hurricane, we have prepared the following overview to assist you in your preparations. In the days leading up to a hurricane expected to approach the New Orleans Metro area, LHCA will be using the Internet as a means of communications with all owners/residents. All information will be posted on our web site at www.lhhc.net. We are also requesting that you monitor your e-mail for important notices and information. If you are not sure that we have your e-mail address, go to our web site at www.lhhc.net and click on contact us. This will allow you to send us a message containing your e-mail address. If you don’t have an e-mail address, we can provide one for you at lhhc.net.

Information regarding Lakeshore Drive flood gate closings and elevator disablement will also be posted in the mail room as soon as the Board is notified of the closing and/or makes a decision to block the elevator above the garage level. After the flood gates are closed Canal Blvd will be your closest exit over the levee.

The following overview is intended as an outline of actions that may be taken by the LHCA Board of Directors. It should be noted that these actions might be modified to meet developing conditions of a specific hurricane.

Once a Hurricane "Watch" is issued, we suggest the following actions:

In a hurricane watch area, hurricane storm conditions are possible within 36 hours. Now is the time to prepare your home and review your evacuation plan.

1. Gas up vehicles and ensure they are in good working order.

2. Have extra cash on hand as ATMs and credit cards my not work
during a power outage.

3. Stock up on canned food and water.

4. Fill bathtub with water.

5. Fill propane tanks.

6. Fully charge laptop, camera, phone, etc.

7. Check your evacuation supplies for prescription medications, toiletries, a battery powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, cell phone charger, blankets or sleeping bags, identification, valuable papers and a credit card or cash.

8. Inventory your property with video equipment if possible and review your insurance policies to ensure adequate coverage is provided. Remember, flood insurance must be in effect before a storm enters the Gulf of Mexico.

9. Plan on leaving the area? Decide where you will be going and the route you will take to get there. This information should be communicated to the LHCA Board or Lindsay before you leave.

Once a Hurricane “Warning” has been issued for New Orleans – Securing the building

In a hurricane warning area, hurricane storm conditions are possible within 24 hours. Once a hurricane "warning" (Category 3 or stronger) is in effect for the New Orleans Metro area, the following steps will be taken by the Board of Directors.

1. A mass e-mail will be sent to all e-mail addresses within the database and notices will be posted in the mailroom advising all that hurricane preparedness measures will be implemented to prepare the exterior and common areas of the building for the approaching storm.

2. Listen to the radio or watch the television for updates and important information.

3. Individual Owners will be required to remove all furnishings, plants and other items from any exterior balconies and deck areas. These belongings should be stored within the individual’s unit. If an owner is out of town he should contact a neighbor to move all belongings from their balconies and deck area into their unit. The Board of Directors has approved the institution of a $500.00 fine to owners that leave any belongings on balconies or on deck areas. If LHCA is forced to move any owner’s belongings into their unit you are agreeing to hold harmless the workers and LHCA for any loss or damages to your property as a result of this action.

4. A heavy gauge of Visqueen to protect your floor will be available from Lindsay.

Within 48 hours of approaching Category 3 or greater hurricane

If local or national forecasters indicate that Category 3 or stronger hurricane is expected to strike in or near the New Orleans Metro area, the Board of Directors and Lindsay will prepare to close the building and secure the perimeter. If the decision is made to take such action, a mass e-mail will be sent to all e-mail addresses in our database to advise residents of the intent to close/secure the building stating the day and time the building will be secured. If the decision is made to close/secure the perimeter of the building, all Owners should plan to evacuate prior to the stated date and time of the building closing. The following Owner actions are suggested prior to leaving the building:

1. It is STRONGLY recommended that all Owners plan to evacuate the building and city with the approach of a Category 3 or stronger hurricane.
Individual Owners should take actions to secure their individual units. MANAGEMENT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST IN THIS EFFORT AS WE WILL BE TAKING ACTIONS TO SECURE THE PROPERTY.

2. OWNERS/RESIDENTS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES WITHIN THEIR INDIVIDUAL UNITS.

3. DOCK BOX relocation is being offered by one of our owners, Mike Wills. He will be picking up his dock box and moving it to a more secure location and has offered to move the dock boxes for all owners. The dock box must have your name or unit number on the outside of the box labeled with permanent ink or a permanent tag and it must be locked. If you chose not to avail yourself of this service you must secure your dock box to a column in the garage between the parking area and the water with a rope of sufficient strength to keep it from being moved by water/wind from the hurricane. If you agree to have Mike move your dock box you agree to hold him harmless for any loss or damage that may occur to your dock box as a result of this action.

4. Valuables such as paintings and furniture should be moved away from the exterior windows and/or doors.

5. Owners may want to consider covering valuables with plastic in case roof leaks develop during the storm. Remember that roof leaks can affect not only those on the top floor but units on the lower floors can be affected as well if roof leaks continue for hours.

6. Given the loss of power often associated with these storms, you may want to consider taking freezer or refrigerated items with you in an ice chest. One suggestion to avoid having to deal with a refrigerator and freezer full of spoiled food items is to place everything in a strong plastic bag. If the power is off for an extended period of time it will be easier to dispose of the spoiled food items. Lindsay will have extra bags for your use.

7. Also, you may want to "unplug" televisions, computers and similar items to avoid possible damage from lighting strikes or sudden surges in voltage. You should also consider turning off the water to your dishwasher, washing machine and ice machine.

8. Owners should have a plan for evacuating the city. We recommend that you watch your local news channels for the current evacuation times and routes from the area.

9. PLEASE email rtcarter@cox.net and lhhc.net or sign the list in Lindsay’s office if you do evacuate. Also provide the address and phone number (if known) where you will be staying, your e-mail address and a cell phone number.

10. The following web sites are listed for your use:
www.preparelouisiana.redcross.org American Red Cross

www.dotd.state.la.us Louisiana DOTD

www.ohsep.louisiana.gov Louisiana office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
www.lsp.org Louisiana State Police

www.lhhc.net LHCA’s web site

www.propertyone.com Property One’s web site

www.orleanslevee.com Orleans Levee District

www.uscg.mil/iscneworleans/reclinks.asp USCG Command New Orleans

www.la.ngb.army.mil/ LA National Guard


While not recommended, if you plan to remain during lesser category hurricanes….

If you plan on staying in your unit during any hurricane, do so only if you have not been ordered by the authorities to leave. The Board of Directors will meet with any owners choosing to remain during a storm to issue keys and coordinate the facilities/equipment and other resources that will be available in the building for your use. We want to make sure that the owners choosing to remain know who will be in the building to better assist each other and also to coordinate their efforts should a Katrina type of event occur.

“YOU WILL BE STAYING AT YOUR OWN RISK” There is no guarantee that any services or assistance will be available to you.

Move your vehicle from the parking garage. It always floods.

After the storm has passed…..

Many hazards remain following a major storm. Continue to listen to the radio for road conditions and other information. Do not attempt to drive across flooded roads as only 2 feet of water is enough to carry a vehicle away. Stay away from standing water as downed power lines or underground cable may electrically charge it. Do not drink tap water until officials say it is safe. Never use candles for lighting, the danger of fire is too great and there may be no fire protection.

Hopefully, we will have an uneventful Hurricane season. If there is an event, we will once again work hard to get everything back to normal as soon as possible.

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