Lower Mississippi Gulf Water Science Center
At the USGS Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center we make it our goal to educate people on a wide variety of hydrologic issues ranging from flood events to hurricanes.
Hurricanes bring destructive winds, storm surge, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes. A single storm can wreak havoc on coastal and inland communities and on natural areas over thousands of square miles. In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma demonstrated the devastation that hurricanes can inflict and the importance of hurricane hazards research and preparedness.
More than half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coast, and this number is increasing. Many of these areas, especially the Atlantic and Gulfcoasts, will be in the direct path of future hurricanes. Hawaii is also vulnerable to hurricanes.
To learn more visit: http://la.water.usgs.gov/hurricaneinfo.html
In the event of a hurricane, the appropriate response could save your life. This “East Baton Rouge Parish Hurricane Response Map” is a tool that can be useful in making decisions pertaining to evacuation and safety. IF LOCAL AUTHORITIES RECOMMEND EVACUATION, YOU SHOULD LEAVE--via major evacuation routes shown in red. Louisiana State Police Troop (A) headquarters can assist you in the most practical route to use during an evacuation.
IF YOU DECIDE TO STAY--locate the hospital facility, shown in blue, with emergency room capabilities nearest you. The Red Cross office can provide you with sheltering information and other disaster preparation. Appropriate response procedures can prepare people for potential hazards that could affect their lives and property. Everyone is urged to use the information provided in this brochure as a guide for hurricane preparedness. For more information visit: http://la.water.usgs.gov/publications/pubawareness.html