Foundation Members and Valued Foundation Partners, Stakeholders
Weather in our community can be as threatening and dangerous as it is beautiful. Your Nu Gamma Educational and Charitable Foundation is here to help you prepare for hurricanes and other major emergencies. Hurricane season is from June 1 – November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October.
We are committed to ensuring the safety of our Foundation Members, stakeholders in South Louisiana and we’re calling on you to prepare with us. Knowing your risk, getting prepared, and staying informed are just a few steps you can take to get ready for hurricane season.
Occasionally, hurricanes can be an unfortunate reality in Louisiana. Again, Hurricane season occurs annually from June 1st through November 30th. Our goal is to provide information and resources to help you develop a personal Hurricane Evacuation Plan. While a major hurricane is not a common occurrence, it is imperative that you, your family develop a personal evacuation plan and be ready to implement that plan, if necessary.
When a Tropical Storm or Hurricane threatens Louisiana, the Foundation Website https://www.ngoeacf.org/ is always the best place for Foundation Members to obtain the latest information.
Corporate Website Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated https://aka1908.com/
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated South Central Region Website https://aka1908.com/southcentral
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated Nu Gamma Omega Chapter Website https://www.akanugammaomega.com/
Nu Gamma Omega Educational and Charitable Foundation, Incorporated https://www.ngoeacf.org/
The Foundation has a wealth of emergency preparedness resources that you, your family can access to assist in planning.
At a minimum, emergency plans should address the following:
Communications: Designate an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as a family contact.
Supplies: Build or purchase an emergency kit with all the supplies needed for 3-5 days. http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov/Disaster_Evaluation_Guide.html
Protecting Valuables: Purchase rental insurance and take pictures/inventory of personal possessions.
Protecting Data: Back up computer data, keep information on a jump drive when evacuating to another location.
Transportation: Keep cars filled with gas and check tire pressures (including spare). Know how you, your family will evacuate and the route to be taken if an evacuation is ordered. During an ordered evacuation, transportation may be provided (charter buses) to local airports and hurricane shelters.
Hurricane shelters are designed for safety, not comfort. Accommodations are extremely basic. Families who choose to stay in a local shelter should be prepared to sleep on the floor of a common area. Food and water will be provided, but we it is recommended families bring a sleeping bag, blanket, pillow, snacks and all prescription medications.
When an evacuation is ordered, ALL PERSONS are expected to comply immediately.
In the immediate aftermath of a storm, communications may be disrupted. Again, please check our Website https://www.ngoeacf.org/ for the latest information. All members should attempt to contact family, friends immediately by any available means (telephone, text, email, social media, etc.).
If the Foundation Building is evacuated, MEMBERS SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO THE BUILDING until instructed to do so via an Alert from the Foundation Directorate or notice via the website.
To assist the Foundation in the reunification and recovery process, Members will be asked to check-in and indicate their whereabouts by accessing the website at https://www.ngoeacf.org/
We encourage you, your family to develop your personal emergency plan now, not when the threat of a storm is imminent, and be ready to implement that plan in case South Louisiana and/or the Foundation Building are threatened by a storm.
As Louisianians, we know better than anyone that preparedness saves lives. As we continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of coronavirus (shelter in place, social distance, wear our masks, wash our hands) so we can get back to our everyday lives, we must also prepare for what lies ahead.
The 2020 hurricane season is here and preparing for a storm this year looks very much different. You’re probably asking questions like: How can I evacuate if I’m socially distancing? What would a hurricane shelter look like if we’re avoiding crowds? How do I build a disaster preparedness kit for my family if I can’t go to the store?
You can find resources and information to answer many of these questions at the following below links:
LA Governor's Office Emergency Preparedness Link
Red Cross Safety Checklist
FEMA-How To Prepare For A Hurricane
Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
211-United Way-Emergency Preparedness
Louisiana Agency Directory
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Louisiana DOTD Transportation Emergency Information 511 LA.org
Louisiana Department of Insurance
Department of Children and Family Services
Louisiana Department of Education
Weather Related Closures
Louisiana Get A Game Plan
Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide
East Baton Rouge Parish of Homeland Security
Southern University Emergency Preparedness
LSU Office of Emergency Preparedness
LSU College of Agriculture
BRCC Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Resources For Businesses
Our continued goal is to do everything we can to inform, educate and assist but it is up to us all to be proactive, take responsibility, comply with all Federal, State, local mandates and guard our most precious assets, our families.
We know everyone is exhausted from the effects of coronavirus, but we cannot let our guards down.
We ask you stay tuned to your local news reports for in time emergency updates, (see below)
and follow the direction of local law enforcement and emergency management officials. http://www.lsp.org/emergency.html
Remember, you can rebuild your home, but you cannot rebuild your life. We must keep doing everything we can to take care of each other and protect our families. Don’t wait to take action. Prepare, remain prepared now.
Hurricane Watch = conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.
Steps to take:
Review your evacuation route(s)
Monitor TV or radio for official information on the storm.
Fuel family vehicles.
Prepare to cover all window and door openings with shutters or plywood. Bring lawn furniture and other loose objects indoors.
Turn refrigerator, freezer to coolest settings and store drinking water.
Make arrangements for pets.
Review the items in your disaster supply kit; and add items to meet the household needs for children, parents, individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs or pets.
Hurricane Warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs.
Steps to take:
Listen constantly to TV or radio for official instructions. https://www.weather.gov/nwr/sites?site=KHB46
Follow evacuation orders from local officials, if given. http://www.lsp.org/emergency.html
Follow the hurricane timeline preparedness checklist, depending on when the storm is anticipated to hit and the impact that is projected for your location.
Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.
If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power surge when electricity is restored.
BEFORE A HURRICANE: HOW TO PREPARE
Know Your Risk:
Search for general information about risks in Louisiana
Check out GOHSEP’s historical hurricane tracks tool to check the severity and frequency of past hurricanes in your area.
Take action now to be prepared for Hurricane season. As the storm approaches, it is often too late to get ready. Make sure you have family evacuation, communications plans, update your emergency supply kit, and evaluate your flood insurance needs.
Know your zone. Evacuations are more common than people realize. Make yourself familiar with your community's evacuation zones so you’ll know exactly where to go. Remember: if a hurricane threatens your community and local officials say it’s time to evacuate, don’t hesitate — go early. https://maps.redcross.org/website/maps/images/Louisiana/LA_state1_evac.pdf http://www.lsp.org/pdf/hurricaneguideSE.pdf
Complete a family communication plan. Plan how you will assemble your family and loved ones, anticipate where you will go for different situations. Get together with your family, agree on the ways to contact one another in an emergency, identify meeting locations, and make a Family Emergency Communication Plan. .
Download the FEMA app. The FEMA App includes disaster resources, weather alerts, safety tips, and a new feature that will enable users to receive push notifications to their devices to prepare their homes, families for disasters. The app also provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters, recovery centers, tips on how to survive disasters, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service.
Download the Red Cross Hurricane app. Monitor Hurricane conditions in your local area, throughout the storm track, and let others know you are safe even if the power is out. This app is available via the Apple App Store or Google Play; or text “GETCANE” to 90999.
Check your insurance coverage. Many areas have increased deductibles for hurricanes and not all hurricane-related losses are covered under traditional policies. Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover damage or losses from flooding. Review your policy, ensure you’re adequately covered, understand exclusions, and contact your agent for any changes. If you’re not insured against flood, talk to your agent or visit www.floodsmart.gov. Renter’s insurance policies are also available and should be considered as a way of protecting your belongings.
Know where to go for trusted sources of information during a hurricane event.
Monitor local news for hurricane watches and warnings in your area and follow directions of local officials.
Make sure you have a battery-operated radio available should the power go out.
Additional information for Hurricane preparedness is available at https://gohsep.la.gov/
AFTER A HURRICANE: WHAT TO DO
Actions to Take:
Let Your Family Know You’re Safe. If we experienced a disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website to let your family and friends know you are safe. You may also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and select the prompt for “Disaster” to register yourself and your family.
Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
If you evacuated, return home ONLY when officials say it is safe.
Once home, drive only if necessary, avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges. If you must go out, watch for fallen objects in the road, downed electrical wires, weakened walls, bridges, roads and sidewalks that might collapse.
Walk carefully around the outside of your home to check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage.
Stay out of any building if you smell gas, if floodwaters remain around the building or if the building or home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the leading causes of death after storms in areas dealing with power outages. Never use a portable generator inside your home or garage. Review generator safety.
Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.
Use battery-powered flashlights. Do NOT use candles. Turn on your flashlight before entering a vacated building. The battery could produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.
Watch out for tornadoes, which are often produced by hurricanes and can cause much of the destruction.
Use your telephone for emergency calls only.
Beware of snakes, insects, and animals driven to higher ground by flood water.
Take pictures of damage, both to the house and its contents, for insurance claims.
How to Get Help:
Contact United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline. Just dial 2-1-1 or 800-273-TALK (8255) or text 898-211 or access the online database for Louisiana.
The following agencies offer relief and recovery assistance:
The Salvation Army of Coastal Baton Rouge https://www.salvationarmybatonrouge.org/
American Red Cross South Baton Rouge Chapter https://www.redcross.org/local/louisiana/about-us/locations/louisiana-capital-area-west.html
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) https://www.fema.gov/
FEMA provides housing assistance to individuals and families who have lost their homes as a result of a presidential-declared disaster. By law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company.
To find an emergency shelter: Locate options by zip code by visiting the American Red Cross, or Salvation Army, or by texting SHELTER and your zip code (for example, “SHELTER 01234”) to 4FEMA (43362). The FEMA Helpline (1-800-621-3362) may be able to provide additional referrals.
Contact your local emergency management agency for help or referral to other disaster assistance partners serving the area.