In response to the estimated eight tornadoes that struck the South on Tuesday, February 7th, Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for Louisiana. Many residents are all too familiar with the clean-up process as they were also victims of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and many other disasters since such as last year’s flooding. The National Weather Service released tornado information categorizing this instance as an EF-3 tornado (wind speeds of 136 to 165 mph), which is the strongest tornado since 1950 to affect this area.
- For up to date road closures, visit the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development’s (DOTD) website.
- The Department of Children and Family Services encourages residents in declared disaster areas affected by the tornadoes to pre-register for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP).
- For shelter information, contact your Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP).
- For regular updates through social media follow:
To help from afar - donations:
- NOLA.com - “How to Help Louisiana Tornado Victims”
- BestofNewOrleans.com – “How to Help New Orleans Tornado Victims: Donations Needed for People and Pets”
For additional reading concerning your property damage insurance claim, check out:
- “6 Quick Tips About Tornado Claims”
- “How to File a Homeowner’s Property Damage Insurance Claim”
- “What to Expect Following a Disaster: Costs, Clean-Up and Coverages”
- “Post-Disaster Scams: Don’t Suffer Twice From the Same Disaster”
- “Common Mistakes Made By Policyholders Following a Property Loss”