NOLA Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Here’s some information I have found over the years that may help you prepare for Hurricane season. As well as story or two with it.

1. If the words “Mandatory Evacuation” is put in place for your area, please leave. I’m making this 1st, because we seem to put it at the bottom of the list, as well as put it to the back of our mind. Why?? I’m thinking, because we may feel we have enough supplies, they always tell us to evacuate, and then the storm weakens, and the list goes on. Some of may think we have the weather all figured out too, still using “Old Wive’s Tales” such as lick their pointer finger, hold it in the air, which we all know will tell us just how hard the wind may blow.. But seriously if an evacuation order is placed, this is one of those moments in life when the phrase “Better safe than sorry” should be used proactively

2. Have a Basic Emergency Supply Kit which should have these items in a waterproof container, safe or plastic bag, such as your driver’s license or state ID card, keys, cash, credit cards, a list of nearby safe shelters, any and all legal documents, especially medical cards, home and life insurance cards, ink pens, tablet for writing and prescriptions with your name on the bottles.

3. Water: *FEMA suggest one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, drinking and sanitation. I would go suggest the more water, the better. You may have to help someone out. Just last week, I told my niece who’s visiting from Minnesota, never experienced a hurricane and only knew about tornado safety, and as we all know, there are no basements in New Orleans.

I suggested that she fill the bathtub, any empty containers with water and get bags of ice for the coolers. I also told her in a worst-case scenario the water heater tank can be used. It’s also a good idea to put out clean bins to collect rainwater from flushing the toilets, some people use it for drinking, but I would only recommend it if you have some type of filter as well as wire net covering the opening. Animals and Rodents will be on the search for water as well, and who wants to drink behind a rat?? One of my family members recalled walking, well wading in the water on his journey to the Superdome, and he saw an older man’s body floating in the water. He describes the scene so vividly, we all were brought to tears… DO NOT DRINK or BATHE flood water or any water that has been standing, the only household use for flood water would be for flushing the toilet.

4. FOOD: Keep your pantry stocked with at least five days Nonperishable foods. Typically, the first thing to go is the electricity, no matter what city you live in. So, treat your refrigerator like you treat your pocketbook when the air conditioner is on during the summer, and the kids are “coming in and out” of the house. A Southern Mama will lock the door and have them knocking on the door like they do not even live in the house. When I was a little girl, you were “either inside or outside” and after that 2nd time coming in the house for whatever reason you had to stay inside. I learned how to hold my pee for hours after testing my Mama’s patience. Another Old Wive’s Tale, well this a saying, “A hard head, makes for a soft behind” I didn’t catch shipping that day, but the consequences sank into this hard head of mines. Not only was I banished to my room for the rest of the day, but I couldn’t go outside that whole weekend and I my cousins was at my house for a sleepover…

These millennial kids have it a little easier, as far as parenting goes, we are really soft in comparison to growing up back in the day. Plus, with the doggone technology world, we damn near have to beg kids to go outside and play. It’s like all these kids like to do is be on the phone watching YouTube, watching other kids play and create, basically watching other kids have fun with contentment. Running up your light bill, using up your phone data, eating up all the good snacks, and complaining of boredom when the cell phone battery dies…

My point is you may have to guard your refrigerator and let me add your cell phones, tablets, laptops and hide the cord for the desktop from these “millennial inside kids” in the effort to keep all your perishables cold for as long as possible. Going in and out of the refrigerator will only help spoil the food faster… But prior to the storm making landfall, turn the refrigerator to the coldest temperature settings for both the top and bottom, also if you have a deep freezer do the same for it. Turning it to the highest setting without going in and out of it can help with keeping the food fresh and edible for days.

5. COMMUNICATION: Keep your cell phones fully charged, as my grandson states, “Nana your phone at 100%,” which means I’m supposed to let him use it… Turn off and remove all non-essential apps and turn on the battery saver. If possible, have an old cell phone fully charged for backup. It doesn’t need to have an active service, because it will allow you to call 911 for emergencies and you may be able to sign in on someone’s WiFi. I have a regular old-fashioned house line which comes in handy in emergencies and when the kids have used my cell phone till it’s dead and I need to make phone calls to their mother to pick up her kids… If you have a disable or elderly family member in the household, a home line will be a great asset, regardless of the weather. There are also those emergency alert buttons, remember the commercial with the elderly lady who says, “Help I’ve fallen and can’t get up?” A family member had one, but the primary function of the actual box, sort of like a speaker system which has to be plugged into an outlet. There’s battery backup as well. These systems can be billed under medical insurance, especially given the need for personal safety. https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/medicaid-waivers/personal-emergency-response.html

Please try your best to limit your phone calls during this time, only use to update family and friends. The goal is to save all the juice for an emergency. Plus, this will help to keep the signals from being jammed, as they frequently are. I can remember being worried for over 24hrs wondering the state of my loved ones. No one could get through no matter the service. I highly suggest adding the “Hotspot WiFi” feature to your cell phone service and/or a portable WiFi unit. PCP for People a company for low-income individuals offers this service as well as other cell phone and computer related services at a discounted rate. https://www.pcsforpeople.org/low-cost-internet/

Make sure to have a Portable Radio battery-powered radio and a Weather Radio with a tone alert. You can get a weather radio from Wal-Mart, Target, etc. If you do not or can not afford a weather radio, please download a weather app on your cell phone and make sure to enable the notifications… You can also sign up for the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administrations. (NOAA) http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/

6. BATTERIES: Have as many cell phone charging blocks on hand, and please make sure they are fully charged. Make sure you have extra batteries on hand for the portable radio, the Emergency Alert system and all other battery operated the equipment. If you can afford a mini generator, back up battery for your car or portable battery jumper that would be great, if not please keep jumper cables in your car. *only use generators outdoors.

7. LIGHTENING: It’s a good idea to have flashlights and candles on hand for all emergencies. I suggest at least two in the home, a mini one on your keychain and one in the car.

8. HEAT: Matches, lighter, and torches are a necessity. You may want to purchase a fire starter, clicky thing like on those shows. I’m pretty sure you saw one of the reality shows, such as “Naked and Afraid” and just about all of the contestants pick some sort of fire starter. Fire is a sacred resource. As we know hurricanes do not happen in the winter, nor in the north, so the need for the fire will not be for warmth, being warm is not a problem, but hurricane season means hot, humid temperatures. One would need these items to light the candles, cook food, and can be used to make a fire for a distress signal. Charcoal, fire starter logs, or dry wood will come in handy to cook any perishable food before it goes bad. Make sure to grab lighter fluid, fire starter logs and/or propane tanks as well.

8. FIRST AID KIT: Another one of things that should be kept on hand at all times, even in your car and purse. It doesn’t have to be a whole kit, but every lady should at least have a scarf, band-aid, a pin, ya know just a lil something. But in the case of preparing for an emergency, your kit will need to include more than the basics, additional products such as an ace bandage, hydrocortisone cream, allergy medicine/Epi-Pen, gel cold/ice pack — mosquito repellent, clean rags, gloves, peroxide, etc.

9. PAPER GOODS AND CLEANING SUPPLIES: Tissue, paper towels, baby wipes (wipes can be used on adults as well and on the whole body) maxi pads, tampons, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bleach, garbage bags even used grocery bags. A friend told me that it came to a point where they used the plastic bags to place over the toilet bowl, as a not so portable toilet. They would relieve themselves, tied up the bag and threw it in the trash can outside. This is actually done in the slums of Africa and India, but the trash can is the small canal which drains into their water reserve. My friend told me they chose this method because there was no other option to flush the toilets. Their house was Uptown in a part of New Orleans that wasn’t hit as bad as others. The house had roof damage, caused by a fallen tree and no water at all, but he mentioned, they walked six blocks and couldn’t believe his eyes, he described it as the parting of the “Red Sea.” But the area of town they lived in, as well as he was the primary caretaker of two with disabilities and help, they had no choice, but to stay put, thinking someone would come to rescue them. He thought of the trash bag idea because they were running out of water and cleaning supplies. This helped keep the bathroom free of smell, germs, and insects. By day three, they had no choice, but to make way to the Superdome to receive medical assistance for his two family members.

*If possible you can place a roll of tissue, baby wipes, and other items inside of a mop bucket which can be used as a portable toilet, Make sure to line it with the trash bags before use as well.

10. TOOLS: Every house and automobile, regardless of the lack of a male residing in it needs some basic tools, and one should know how to use them properly. A hammer can be used for a variety of reasons in an emergency. We heard many Katrina survivors stories of hammering their way through the attic ceiling to get unto the roof.

A hammer can be used to board up your windows with plywood. Scissors, a sharp knife or anything that you can use to cut objects such as plastic sheeting to cover openings. A wide tip permanent maker, neon or black spray paint, duck tape, rope, heavy-duty orange extension cord are great things to have as part of your kit too. A wrench or pliers may be needed to ensure that the utilities are properly cut off… We heard of the young man who let’s say “borrowed” the school bus to help people vacant the city. You may have to break into your own car if by chance you lose your keys trying to get out of danger. My next suggestion is not necessarily a tool, but a white sheet can be used for many purposes. If you can recall someone used white sheets and flags to signal for help. You can also cut a piece and put on your car antenna as an indicator for help. A blanket, umbrella, and tent are great, especially when the need for rest comes. It’s wise to have a basic face mask to help with breathing in contaminated air, such as black mold or any foreign substances that the wind may blow in.

11. SAFETY: With each topic, I find myself thinking, “we should already have this in place,” and wondering if it needs to be stated… I know the mere thought of the need to protect, defend, fight for your life and loved ones can invoke fear, worry, depression and so on, but it’s the reality of the world we live in. We have to have a “Safety Plan” in effect beyond the fire drills we learned in school. During a storm we need to educate our entire households, including the babies, a psychically and/or mentally family member, our elderly family members, even if dementia has set in and even our pets. We have to be vocal and stern about what is expected of the entire family even if we do not think they understand. We can not depend on 911, yes we are to educate and call, but there are times when the police, fireman and/or ambulance will not be able to make it, we have to be our own Saviors. Make sure everyone knows whose “their responsibility” where to meet up if someone gets lost if a plan is written out let everyone know the location of it and so on.

It’s imperative that you know where the nearest shelter is just in case you can not get out in time. Also, educate your family about the safest places to be in the house if you’re faced with not being able to leave your home at all. The best place to be during a hurricane, high wind storm is a windowless, small room or closet in the lowest area of the house that’s not prone to flooding. If you live low and have to deal with flooding, I would retreat to a room that’s away from the doors, which is where the water enters 1st. Back in the day, we were taught to get in the bathtub, now it’s like Google never heard of it, but I’ll search a bit more. It had me reminiscing over the “Stop, Drop and Roll” technique if one was to get caught on fire and now from the videos I have seen people are running around causing greater injury to themselves… See, some old school stuff needs to be taught to these millennial…

Most of the time, when we think of “Protecting and Defending” ourselves we think only of human beings when most of the time they aren’t out to hurt us. Let me tell you a rat will fight you trying to survive just like you. A rat, not a mouse, but those big ole things you see walking in the French Quarter’s like a tourist are not afraid of you, especially when food sparse. A rat will call his krewe and eat you for lunch. We sometimes want to help that stray, unaware if he is rabid and the next thing we know we are on top of a car screaming “Go Away Dog!” During a date, we went fishing. I learned that Bambi might be spotted, but the wild hogs will chase you down if you set an inch on their turf. So, when you think of protecting yourself, know we share our world with wild animals, who respond in fear, fighting for survival just like us.

12. SAFETY INDOORS: I live in the upper apartment on a triplex shotgun house. Before Hurricane Katrina, it was a duplex, but the owner turned the lower portion, which was garage or storage, but most of it was the foundation of the house. I guess the architect thought it would be a great idea to lift the houses back in the day to avoid flooding. Now the apartment downstairs floods with each heavy rainfall..

Most shotgun homes do not have closets, but thanks to Hurricane Katrina that was one of few upgrades to the house, mines is not fancy like the others in the area, but I’m thankful, because family still owns it and unlike the “carpetbaggers” who came moved here and received a great “Welcome to New Orleans” new homeowners package given only to the wealthy. They were given incentives and perks for moving in the area such as flood insurance. Wealthy people who relocate here are given the key to the city and the people who make New Orleans what it has been allocated the lowest of the low essential funds, which were to be used to renovate these heavily destroyed homes…

 

With that being said, I have small closet spaces about 4ft wide and 7ft tall, just enough space for two of us to hide in. Now I’m wondering if my bathroom closet would be a better location, plus at least one more person can fit??? My bathroom does not share a wall with the window, and its wall is shared with the middle bedroom wall, which can be a way to avoid the heavy winds that may break the window that’s located about 5ft from my bedroom closet… The hallway would be a great place too because it’s away from the windows if only it wasn’t a shotgun house, because of the front and back doors, the wind would blow us out either one…

If I could have my way, I would have kids as young as five years old educated on Basic Life Skills beyond calling 911. I was actually in the beginning stages of planning a “Family Safety Event” at St.Roch Park prior to school starting, but my family had its own tragedy in Minnesota which resulted in the murder of my cousin and the brutal assault of my daughter. I’m proud to say that my daughter is alive today because I wasn’t afraid to educate her on the evils that lurk behind friendly faces. It pains me that she went through the hell-like trauma, but as she states, “she had to survive to make sure that the other children in the house would survive as well,” and she did save two precious lives, by using her safety skills.

Speaking of teaching her about being safe, I not only gave her mace to keep with her, because she rode the city bus in New Orleans, but I educated her on the proper use and how to evaluate the need to use it. One doesn’t give an emotional teen mace without thoroughly teaching them and accessing their behavior patterns. All it would take is for some raging hormonal heart-broken teen girl to be approached by the Newbie… Lort, in New Orleans these little girls go too hard for love. I’m trying my best to educate, be an ear, and share my boy experience in an effort to assist all my girls, not just my own girls I’m related too.

My loved one whom I recently lost gave me a set of steel bats, a standard baseball bat, and a miniature bat as house-warming gifts when I moved back home to New Orleans. I was told to keep the regular size one by my front door, keep the miniature one under the driver side seat at all times. As well, if the need came to evacuate due to an emergency, I was to bring both with me. She went as far as to give me a story to tell the police, had my car was searched because the possession of a steel bat in some states is illegal, but mines are treasured family heirlooms.

Personally, I do not like guns, not even toy guns, because of the 1st murder victim, guns killed my brother; they shot my car up, killing him over a parking space. I saw the pictures of my bullet-riddled vehicle on the news, weeks after his murder I was told I could pick it up, I never did. The 2nd murder victim in my family, my cousin, a male who never touched a gun in his life was killed by gun violence for no reason, after getting off after working a 16hr shift, left me feeling scared and intimated. I remember thinking there are people out there with guns killing off my family, and we were raised to stay away from them. Still not a fan, I didn’t want one in my view either, but I felt the males in my family needed to learn about gun safety and shooting. I gifted my younger brother, nephew, and son with a gun permit and safety class gift certificates. I am a believer in protecting yourself, especially if evil seeks to hurt you. But before you go buy a gun, please take a gun safety class.

During Katrina, the media and police reported “gangs of black men” armed with weapons, but never showing a picture or evidence of these gun-toting thugs. However, in *2016 seven New Orleans police officers plead guilty to shooting civilians, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and civil right charges. Therefore, we need not REACT in fear, REACT off prejudice, just do not REACT at all. How about ACCESSING and RESPONDING, we need to use wise and logical judgment before we REACT. We may not be “defending” ourselves, but we very well may be REACTING out of stress, anger, and everything outside of being responsible. When that happens, we are engaging in criminal behavior, and in the end, we are sitting behind bars in need of a defense attorney.

Once again have a safety plan in place, educate yourself and family on that plan. If you choose to implement a weapon as part of a safety plan, please choose wisely, especially if it’s a gun. Improper storage, lack of education on gun safety, no shooting practice, and REACTING instead of RESPONDING will lead to deadly irresponsible and irreversible consequences for you and your family.

13. TRAVEL: Once a mandatory evacuation has been given, the streets, the roads, highway, and freeway will be heavily packed with traffic, thousands, maybe millions of people are going in the same direction in an effort to survive. Emotions will be high, imbalanced, and all people are actually concerned about is getting to a safe destination. Please, please be patient and respectful of the rules of the road, do not cut and dodge in and out of traffic, you will not get anywhere faster, but you may end up in an accident and road rage violence. Who needs to add all that madness at a time when we all are trying to survive.?

Make sure to fill up prior to the order being stated, just as with the roads, the gas stations will be packed, may run out of gas or be closed. As long as I can remember, even as far back to my childhood, my family “Road Trip Rules” were:

  1. #1 Always have an extra driver,
  2. #2 Fill up once you drive out a half tank of gas and
  3. #3 Never get off on an exit if you do not see the gas station from the highway no matter what the sign says.
  4. #4 Keep a map in the car no matter if you have the fancy GPS gizmo; you may lose a connection, the phone might die, you may have car troubles and cannot charge it in the car. Going back to the good ole days of mapping it out is not a bad thing.

Carpooling is a great option, especially if you do not own a car if it’s possible this can be part of your safety plan. It was a blessing that some people were able to walk up on someone with extra space, but so many were not as lucky. It’s imperative that you speak with someone months before hurricane season about riding with them. You may be asked to assist with driving and a contribution to gas. Even though it’s an emergency, some may not feel comfortable with riding with a stranger, no matter how dire the need. Giving a stranger, even if you live on the same block and know nothing of this neighbor, he or she is still a stranger and allowing this person to be in your personal space with your loved ones may not be wise or safe. That’s why it’s important to know your neighbors, no matter where you live.

I have spoken about the lack of non-New Orleanians not speaking, which is a big part of New Orleans culture and most will state they moved here because they “love the culture aka the people,” I really need y’all to behave as such. You may be that neighbor who needs help, but no one in the neighborhood knows squat about you except that you are a “transplant” and you can’t get mad, sad and pissed, because we feel that way, you’re the one making it as such. We are a culture of people who love to live as a village, black or white we want to feel like a family unit. Get to know your neighbors before the hurricane, well any emergency hits the city. Neighborhood associations should have meetings about what we should do as a neighborhood if we are hot by a hurricane, go to those meetings. If there’s nothing on “Hurricane preparedness” hey lets put it on the list. Last, but not least, trade information, it doesn’t have to be your phone number, but at least exchange names, “Hey, I’m Nola in the white house with green trim, I’m part of a New Orleans Neighborhood Facebook Group Page, you should join too.” That would be a great way of at least knowing who is who and at least in the internet world, you can get to know your neighbors.

As you have seen on social media and the news, some people have canoes and floated their way out of the city. You can’t bring anything with you, but you can get out once the storm has passed without much of a risk of injury. If ya can’t afford a canoe, you may have the transportation you’re laying on at this very moment. I was shocked when I saw the man floating around on an air mattress last year when it flooded due to Sewage and Water Board pump failure. I couldn’t believe it. I had so many emotions going on as I saw him floated by. I was impressed, proud, and happy to see his survival hack, but the reason for him needing to use his quick wit and survival instincts made me sad. He had to have endured Katrina and decided to come back home because he loves New Orleans that he was willing to risk it all again, but this time would be different, he would be prepared, and he was… I was so stunned I did not get a picture, but someone else did, and I’ll share it will y’all. At this very moment, I have three twin size air mattresses and a tent that I brought for a back yard camping trip that never happened. Instead of bringing them back to get a refund or give them away, I decided to store them away, because of whom I named the comic NOLA survival genius. He had this playful yet serious look on his face as he waved to my kids as he floated by.. Yall, know they begged me to blow up an air mattress, but once I spotted that rat in the water, I was done with Swamp Water Play…

I highly doubt that I will ever wait until the water rises as high as it did last year, nearly 3 feet. The mental anguish and fear that I masked from the kids who were so worried our house would float away was a bit too much for me and then to add my son called me and was so worried. I promised him if we’re told to evacuate I would do just that. Even though social media saw us make lemonade out of that scary situation, by playing and singing in the rain, chasing turned over trash cans, toys that were left outside and cheering for all the neighbors who helped push an elderly lady’s car to the neutral ground, I can honestly say that was enough to trigger anyone with Katrina PTSD. I didn’t suffer through Hurricane Katrina, but the news coverage and living with Hurricane Katrina Survivors, that lil 3 feet of water affected me. The kids were able to calm down and have some fun that rainy day, but they still worry regardless to what time of year it is.. My daughter told me “April showers do not bring May flowers, April showers mean no power, flooding and hoping we don’t float away.” Hearing her say that hurt my heart. If it weren’t for the infrastructure by Sewage and Water Board, my kids would be fine with the rain, but now it’s rain is a constant reminder that flooding is next.

I feel a panic attack coming on right now thinking that it may be my fate one day because financial difficulties come at the worse of times. If you’re unable to afford to evacuate; I would like for you to choose your life and I will do the same. If you’re worried about your pets, I was told that there are safe shelters that allow you to have your pet with. I’ll try my best to find that link. If you can try not to worry too much, put your focus on being prepared.

We all should be able to relate to survivors of tragedies. We all should look at the lives that were forever changes all over the world by Mother Nature. If you can look at these people with your heart, then maybe you will understand why I’m so vocal about saving New Orleans culture. We are all sorta like an anthropologist who stumbles upon a native tribe in the middle of nowhere, hidden from the world. We are allowed to stay; they roll out the red carpet and expose us to their culture, their lives, their world. We are forever changed and have fallen in love with people, their land, and culture, and we have never met. This person and their experience have become a part of our lives, our world and there’s no way we can go back to his home, go back to work and write a thesis without any feelings are regard for what the person we have encounter has exposed us to. New Orleans, the people of New Orleans, are the culture. The people are responsible for that heavy lovey dovy intoxicating feeling you are experiencing.

New Orleans, NOLA as I call my city, stretches her arms out, wiggles her inviting fingers, pulling you into her bosom, she quiets everything and every one so you can hear her heartbeat, feel her breathing rhythm until your body is in sync with her every part of her soul. It’s then and only then that she feels she can trust you with her secret treasures, placing all trust in you to do all you can to protect it from the thieves that roam the city. NOLA expects her heirs to protect her legacy. She trusts that no matter the storm, no matter the enemy, we the people will do all we can to protect Her treasures.

We can start by fighting for the culture aka the people, the ones whose lives were lost and forever changed not just from Hurricane Katrina, but from the thieves in greasy palms, fancy expensive suits, and heels, the people hiding behind masks and the storms of the past and the storms to come.

NOLA is alive, and we are proof that we can survive, but we have to look these evils in the eye and tell them, “We have a problem with how you’re treating New Orleans. We have a problem that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer and left to die.” Year after year, we suffer the injustices that are the direct result of the government, who only cares are to line their pockets and pocketbooks. The aftermath of the lack of ACTION by those in power is why so much is being lost and destroyed. Gentrification is not a Hurricane Katrina issue. I didn’t know Mother Nature sat at the head on the private sessions. We will continue to have the list, along with the stories of those who went through. We will continue to have problems because the emotional pain and economic hardship of the LIFE SURVIVORS of NOLA are continued to be handled with a long spoon placed in the hands of unconcerned politicians. I have to admit that I see that our new Mayor Cantrell has picked up a different spoon, but she’s in the kitchen stirring the pot.

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.

“The city that care forgot.” I know New Orleans, NOLA not only cares about NOLA but loves New Orleans, because the People of New Orleans are New Orleans. I’ll say this and let y’all go if you really want to LIVE, you really want to ENJOY LIFE in New Orleans you must develop a relationship with the LOCALS.

If you need Tips on Hurricane preparedness, Tips on Real Life in New Orleans beyond the French Quarter ask the NOLA, and you can not find her in Google Only a New Orleanian can look past the neglect of the Government and continue to have a loving relationship with the city. This is the easy part “Preparing,” but seriously once you see the water rising is when it’s time to “Boot Up or Shut Up.” Do not let the media distract you with the crime in a city that’s nowhere near the census stats Pre hurricane Katrina. I’m asking the People of NOLA and the world to watch how the government RESPONDS to the People of NOLA.

Before I end, I would like to stress once again, to leave if it’s mandatory for your area, sometimes leaving may mean going local FEMA approved safe shelter in the city. I know it’s hard going somewhere, not knowing who these people include the staff, needing to be roommates with hundred of strangers, trying to sleep amongst these people on a cot or chair, being surrounded by armed guards, the uncertainty of what will happen next, etc. can cause anxiety.

WE ARE NEW ORLEANS, please do not forget about the PEOPLE!

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