Hurricane Preparation

  1. Complete a Family Emergency Plan - The BISCO Plan is great and located on this site to the right of this article.
  2. Plan ahead and fix a Hurricane Box
  • Traveler's checks and/or cash
  • Emergency phone number list including family members, doctors, pharmacies, financial advisors, and banks    
  • Copies of prescriptions
  • Copies of children's immunization records
  • Copies of health, dental and prescription insurance cards and phone numbers
  • Copies of flood, renter's and homeowners insurance policies or policy numbers and phone numbers
  • Copies of real-estate deeds, vehicle titles, wills, durable power of attorney, stock and bond certificates, birth, death, adoption, citizenship and marriage certificates
  • Copies of home inventory and pictures of every room in your home and the outside of your house front, back and side view and roof!   
  • Copies of your passport
  • Copies of employee benefit documents
  • Copies of the first two pages of your federal and state income tax returns from previous year
  • Copies of your children's latest report card
  • Back up copies of your financial records
  • Keys to safety deposit box
  • Negatives and/or discs of personal photographs
  • List of all social security numbers, bank accounts, loans, credit cards, driver's licenses and investment accounts with due dates and contact information   
  • User names and passwords.
  • Photocopy of front and back or all credit cards


This box should be stored in a safe out of sight place in your home. When you leave your home, you should carry the box with you at all times so no one can get the information.


Terrebonne Parish Information
During a tropical storm or a Category 1 or 2 hurricane shelters COULD be opened at South Terrebonne High, Evergreen Junior High, Houma Junior High, Legion Park Middle School, Schriever Elementary, Southdown Elementary, Terrebonne High and West Park Elementary.
As mandated by the state, no shelters will be opened south of I-10 during a Category 3, 4 or 5 hurricane. The parish plans to use buses to transport people from a central pick-up point at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center to shelters at points north. If you need transportation to a shelter or out of Terrebonne Parish call 985-873-6357 and be sure to make officials aware of any special medicals needs. You can also register now with the Terrebonne Council on Aging at 985-868-8411. Supplies brought on the trip must fit under the bus seat or on your lap.
  • Agriculture & Fisheries, 985-804-8736
  • American Red Cross, 985-447-3229 or 1-866-438-46461-866-GET-INFO
  • Animal Control, 985-873-6709
  • Blue Roof Program, 1-888-ROOF-BLU or 1-888-766-3258
  • Child Find, 1-800-426-5678
  • Child Protection Services, 985-857-3634
  • Coast Guard, 985-868-5955
  • Coroner's Office, 985-873-6440
  • Council on Aging, 985-868-8411
  • Drainage Culverts, 985-873-6717
  • Drainage Pump Stations, 985-873-6718
  • Dumas Shelter, 985-873-6738
  • Emergency 911
  • Emergency Food Stamps, 1-888-LAHELPU (1-888-524-3578) or
  • Entergy to report outages, 1-800-968-8243
  • FEMA, 1-800-621-3362 or
  • Fire Departments, 911
  • Food Bank, 985-851-5523
  • Houma Junior High Shelter, 985-872-1511
  • Houma Fire Department, 985-873-6391
  • Houma Police Department, 985-873-6371
  • Houma Utilities, 985-873-6750
  • LA Department of Insurance, 1-800-259-5300 or 1-800-259-5301
  • Louisiana State Police Troop C, 985-857-3680
  • Office of Emergency Preparedness, 985-873-6357
  • Office of Public Health, 985-447-0916
  • Poison Control, 1-800-222-1222
  • Road Closure, 1-800-469-4828
  • Terrebonne General Medical Center Emergency, 985-873-4150
  • Terrebonne Parish Roads & Bridges Sand Bags, 985-873-6734
  • Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, 985-876-2500
  • Terrebonne Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, 985-873-6357
  • To come back to parish, 1-800-354-6862
  • Unemployment Office, 985-857-3640
  • Waterworks, 985-879-2495
Information was compiled Courtesy of  
Damon J. Baldone
Former State Representative District 53
162 New Orleans Blvd.
Houma, LA 70364
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