10 Apps you should download this Hurricane Season and NOLA specific emergency information.

We all know to follow the news and weather-related websites to keep track of the weather, but I learned of apps that you can download to your cell phone in addition to the ones I listed in my latest blog about hurricanes.

The truth is the TIPS on How To Survive in New Orleans, no matter the Hurricane or Storm that will save your LIFE will not come from FEMA, Red Cross, The Governor, but from the REAL CULTURAL AMBASSADORS who actually survived one of the worst natural disasters in the United States. New Orleanians not only survived Hurricane Katrina, but the People of New Orleans survived and will continue to survive the political corruption that comes with life in the NOLA.

Here’s a list of apps and websites that may help you during this hurricane season and weather tracking overall.

     FEMA App: provides timely alerts and useful information to help you and your loved ones stay safe before, during and after disasters. You can receive fast and reliable notifications about severe weather for up to five locations nationwide. This simple and easy-to-use resource also provides safety information, emergency preparedness tips, and disaster assistance.  https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app
  1. Zello App: Turn your phone or tablet into a walkie talkie with this lightning fast free PTT (Push To Talk) radio app. Talk to your contacts privately or join public channels to engage in a hot debate. http://zello.com/ptt
  2. American Red Cross App: Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do. mobile@redcross.org
  3. CrowdSource Rescue is an organization that helps empowers neighbors to help neighbors, via use of mapping, tracking, and rescue technology. https://crowdsourcerescue.com
  4. The Weather Channel Website & App: Track Hurricane Florence with Storm Radar: your NOAA forecast, weather radar and hurricane tracker. Stay safe and informed through rain and severe weather using 8 hour past to future radar. Get ready for storm season with live wind speed and tornado updates from The Weather Channel. weather.com
  5. Harmany App: Helps connect people who either need to find or want to provide temporary shelter to others when it’s needed during emergency and evacuation events. Airbnb has a free option for those in need of shelter., You will need a verified Airbnb account or log into their current account. From there, guests located in the affected area may view $0 listings by clicking “Find shelter” on a disaster-response page. Please note, any reservation reported to have been made by a non-evacuee will be canceled and guests must leave the listing immediately.  Join the community of 500+ hosts who have opened their homes to evacuees for free. https://support.myharmony.com/en-us/download
  6. GasBuddy connects drivers to their Perfect Pit Stop™, and serves the full lifecycle of being on the road. It starts with GasBuddy’s database of more than 150,000 gas station convenience stores, including real-time fuel price information, station locations and offerings, along with ratings and reviews. GasBuddy’s payments service, Pay with GasBuddy, entitles drivers to save on every gallon of gas they pump. https://www.gasbuddy.com/
  7. Waze App: Always know what’s happening on the road with Waze. Even if you know the way, Waze tells you about traffic, construction, police, crashes, and more in real-time. If traffic is bad on your route, Waze will change it to save you time. https://www.waze.com/
  8. WeatherBug: the best free weather app, powered by the world’s largest network of professional weather stations, providing the fastest weather alerts, real-time weather conditions, accurate hourly forecasts & 10-day forecasts, 18 weather maps including Doppler radar, satellite, lightning alerts, precipitation, local temperature, local pressure, local radar, wind chill, heat index, humid, wind, pollen, UV and much more! http://knowbefore.weatherbug.com
  9. TextNow: Free text + calls You can send as many text messages as you want to US & Canada – FREE! https://www.textnow.com/

Get emergency information directly from the City of New Orleans.


NOLA 311 is New Orleans’ primary source of local government information and non-emergency services. Whether you are a local resident, visitor, or business, NOLA 311 will provide a prompt, courteous and professional customer service experience.

1. Emergency alerts

Type: Alert

What: Threats to life & property, like severe weather or an active shooter

How: Phone call, text, email

Sign up online or text your zip code to 888777

2. Seasonal info

Type: Informational

What: Preparedness info, like how to get ready for hurricane season

How: Text, email

Sign up for info

3. Streetwise is a list of the things we know about that may impact driving.

Currently, this includes reports of street flooding and traffic accidents from 911 calls. http://streetwise.nola.gov/

4. City-assisted evacuation- If you can’t evacuate on your own during a mandatory evacuation, the City of New Orleans can help. City-assisted evacuation provides free transportation out of harm’s way.

How it works

There are 17 pickup locations across the city, called evacuspots. 5 are specifically for seniors. If you can’t get to an evacuspot because of medical needs, you might be eligible to be picked up from your home. Sign up for the special needs registry.

  • During a mandatory evacuation, go to your closest evacuspot.
  • A bus will pick you up and bring you to the Smoothie King Center.
  • There, you’ll board a bus to a state or federal shelter.
  • Once it’s safe to return to New Orleans, the City will bring you back, either to your home or to a local shelter.

What to bring

Each person can bring 1 carry-on sized bag with supplies for a go bag. Pets should have an ID collar, leash, medications, and a carrier. Your pet will be taken to an animal shelter near where you’re sheltered. Read more about pets.

Help us plan

Tell us if you’ll use City-assisted evacuation.

Download readiness guides



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  • Outage alerts.
  • Outage maps.
  • Bill pay.
  • Account management.
  • and more
Mail: 2640 Canal St. New Orleans, Louisiana, 70128


*Sources: MSN, FEMA, Google, NolaReady, Sewage & Water Board, Entergy, Red Cross

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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