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Plan for Emergencies

Business Owners

Business preparedness

Plan ahead for emergencies big and small to make sure your business stays afloat.

 

Plan

  • Gather information about hazards and assess risks.
  • Conduct a business impact analysis (BIA).
  • Examine ways to prevent hazards and reduce risks.
  • Read more from Ready.gov.

Implement

Practice

  • Test and evaluate your plan.
  • Define different types of exercises.
  • Learn how to conduct exercises.
  • Use exercise results to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan.
  • Read more from Ready.gov.

Register your business for reentry. 

After a mandatory evacuation, businesses return to the city before residents. That's to ensure that essential services like power and grocery stores are running. Read more about preparing for hurricanes.

Reentry placards

To reenter New Orleans before the general public, you must have a valid reentry placard. Each year, businesses need to register for a reentry assignment. You'll be assigned to a tier and you'll receive your corresponding placard(s). For questions or to make an appointment to pick up your placards, call Carlos Muniz at 504-658-8700.

Register for reentry

TIER 1: RESPONSE SUPPORT 

Businesses and agencies that provide critical support to response efforts. Additionally, core damage assessment teams of major employers with more than 100 employees. Examples include:

  • Debris removal companies
  • Critical delivery services
  • Hospitals
  • Lodging providers for first responders
  • Engineers & damage assessment teams for hotels and motels

TIER 2: RECOVERY SUPPORT

Businesses and agencies that help recovery and economic vitality. Additionally, core assessment teams of employers with more than 50 employees. Examples include:

  • Insurance companies
  • Banks
  • Gas stations
  • Grocery stores
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Pharmacies
  • Security companies
  • Administrative and payroll employees

TIER 3: REPOPULATION SUPPORT

Retail businesses needed for the return of residents. Examples include:

  • Neighborhood grocery stores
  • Retail shops
  • Restaurants
  • Fast food outlets