Prepare for Tropical Storm Nate

NOLA Ready

Tropical Storm Nate is forecast to impact Southeast Louisiana over the weekend, starting Saturday, and will likely strengthen to a category 1 hurricane. Heavy wind is currently the primary concern for New Orleans, with secondary threats including rainfall and tornadoes. Storm surge is also a threat for residents outside of levy protection.

Plan to shelter in place, have 3 days of supplies for each person in your household, and stay informed.

Sign up for emergency alerts for life safety information. For non-emergency information and updates on Tropical Storm Nate, text NATE to 888777 or go to

Prepare to shelter in place

Gather what you’ll need to shelter in place

  • Non-perishable food for 3 days
  • 3 gallons of water per person
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight & extra batteries
  • Matches or lighter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Week’s supply of prescription medications
  • Radio (battery operated or hand crank)
  • Books & games

Prepare for power & water outages

  • Sign up for the special needs registry if you need power for medical equipment. Call 311.
  • Fill your bathtub with water to clean and flush toilets.
  • Turn your fridge to its lowest temperature.
  • Charge electronic devices.
  • Preserve cell phone battery life.
  • Stay away from low-hanging or downed power lines.

Prepare for a storm

Clean your property and street

  • Remove debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Clear debris from catch basins. Report clogged catch basins to 311.
  • Prune trees and shrubs.
  • Bring outdoor furniture and decorations inside.
  • Secure or bring garbage bins inside.
  • Move possessions to your highest floor.
  • Photograph your property for insurance purposes.

Secure your home

  • Check your roof and siding for any loose pieces.
  • Cover your windows with plywood or storm shutters.
  • Secure boats and recreational vehicles.
  • If you live in a trailer or mobile home, evacuate for any storm. Before you leave, do all the above and:
  • Shut off fuel lines but do not disconnect them.
  • Turn off water where it enters your home.
  • Use both “over the top” and “frame” ties to secure your home.
NOLA Ready is the City of New Orleans’ emergency preparedness campaign, managed by the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.


Civic Leadership Academy Fall 2017 – Sept. 6th – Oct. 25th

CLA Outreach Flyer

What is the Civic Leadership Academy?
The Civic Leadership Academy is a free program that gives residents the opportunity to educate themselves about City government so that they can improve their communities. It provides an in-depth look at local government as well as opportunities for residents to interact with City staff and elected officials.  CLA is composed of eight interactive sessions, led by representatives from City departments

Who can participate in Civic Leadership Academy?
Individuals who live or (work) in New Orleans, are at least 18 years old, and who are actively involved in a neighborhood or business association can participate.

CLA will meet weekly on Wednesday nights from 6:00pm-8:00pm from September 6th through October 25th  at City Hall, Homeland Security Conference Room (8E15) located at 1300 Perdido St.

(Tentative course schedule)

Week 1: The Organization and Vision of City Government
Week 2: Planning for Tomorrow
Week 3: Developing and Revitalizing Our Communities
Week 4: Dollars and Sense: Financing NOLA’s Needs
Week 5: The Mechanics of City Government
Week 6: Policing and Crime Reduction
Week 7: Emergency Preparedness and Response
Week 8: Graduation and Looking Ahead

Apply online or download application and return to the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office in City Hall 8E15.  Applications must be received no later than August 18, or until we reach capacity.  In order to maximize participant’s interaction and to address space restraints, class size will be limited to 35 participants. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by August 25, 2017. For more information on Civic Leadership Academy please click here.

Lisbeth L. Pedroso
Neighborhood Liaison | District C – West Bank
Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office | City of New Orleans
1300 Perdido Street | Suite 8E15 | New Orleans, LA 70112 | (o) 504-658-4933 | (c) 504-623-5697




Block Party for Life – July 8, 2017

You are invited to join us in supporting the Algiers community at the upcoming Block Party for Life on Saturday, July 8, 2017. St. Thomas Community Health Center and our partners are hosting this summer celebration to bring the community together, and raise awareness of the importance of prevention in maintaining health.

Please join us between 10:00 AM and 2:00PM in the 1800 block of Newton Street. If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact

Visit for more information. Hope to see you there!

Public Comments on Master Plan – Monday, July 10

From a press release

On Monday, July 10, the City Council will hold meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the council chamber to take public comment on the proposed map amendments for the City’s Master Plan.

In April of 2008, the New Orleans City Council took on the task of reforming the City’s system of land use and zoning, and voted 7-0 to amend the City’s Charter to mandate a Master Plan with the Force of Law.

On August 12, 2010, the New Orleans City Council approved the Master Plan. In order to ensure the plan continues to address relevant issues facing our ever-changing city, the City’s Home Rule Charter requires that it is amended and updated at least every five years. In 2012, the Planning Commission and Council took action on a first set of Master Plan amendments.

The current amendment process was initiated early in 2016 when dozens of amendments were submitted, reviewed by City Planning staff, and final recommendations from the City Planning Commission (CPC) were transmitted to Council on May 4, 2017. By July 27, the Council must vote to approve CPC recommendations, request CPC to reconsider their recommendations, or deny the recommendations.

At the meeting on July 10, the Council will hear public comments and discuss proposed amendments to the Master Plan, before taking a formal vote at the regular City Council meeting on Thursday, July 27. Proposed amendments may be considered and voted on for recommendation purposes, but no vote on the full ordinance will be taken July 10.

The Master Plan and all amendments submitted and reviewed are available on the City Planning Commission website at