The Green Room: Planning ahead for hurricanes

June 11, 2015 10:00 AM

Kathryn Hobgood Ray

Norris Yarbrough

Hurricane season (June 1–Nov. 30) is under way, and every New Orleanian should have an evacuation destination in mind that is at least 300 miles north, says Norris Yarbrough, director of the Tulane University Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. (Photo by Ryan Rivet)

“You do not want to determine where you are evacuating to when there is a hurricane in the Atlantic or the Gulf,” says Norris Yarbrough, director of the Tulane University Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, in the podcast interview (below). “That’s something you need to have in your personal evacuation plan — know where you’re going, and know at least two routes to get there.”

A 30-plus year veteran in the field of emergency management, Yarbrough came to Tulane in 2013 from Ochsner Health Systems, where he developed emergency plans for eight hospitals and 35 clinics.

alertlineThe Tulane Emergency Response and Preparedness website offers tools and resources for planning ahead, including a hurricane guide for students and for faculty and staff.

In the event of an approaching storm, Tulane will initiate emergency communications to keep the Tulane community apprised of developments, through the AlertLine, the emergency notices website at, and email and text messages. Parents of Tulane students also can subscribe.

If you are a student, staff or faculty member, you have the option of receiving emergency notifications on your desktop or laptop through AlertUs.

Important Twitter feeds to follow are @TulaneNews and @TulaneEmergency.

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