NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Mayor Cantrell and other city officials held a press conference ahead of peak hurricane season to remind residents to have a plan for the upcoming months. Hurricane season typically lasts from mid-August until October.

Cantrell said that Hurricane Ida taught us many things in 2021. “Ida taught us that we did the right thing, we planned ahead and we definitely made sure that we were able to stand up cooling centers throughout the city,” said Cantrell.

During the conference, city leaders spoke about the Generator Readiness Project which expands the list of city-owned properties that could be activated with temporary backup generation for extended power outage events and post-emergency response efforts.

Collin Arnold the Director of New Orleans Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness said right after Ida they looked at ways to expand cooling centers after the storm hit. Arnold said that 8 sites were available to residents in 2021, but this year there will be 15 facilities available for residents to use. The majority of the facilities are NORD Recreation centers along with public libraries around the city. There will also be an additional site at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

“We anticipate that is a real game changer for us to power that entire facility,” said Arnold. He added that all the sites won’t necessarily have to be used after a storm, but he emphasized that they will be available and ready.

Here is a list of some of the centers that will be available to the public:

  • Milne Center in Gentilly
  • Cut-Off Community Center in Algiers
  • The Lyon Center
  • Gernon Brown Recreation Center in Lakeview
  • Joe Brown Park Recreation Center
  • Treme Recreation Center
  • Stalling St. Claud Recreation Center
  • Rosenwald Recreation Center
  • Sanchez Recreation Center
  • Carrollton Multipurpose Center

City officials urge residents to stay prepared and connected by texting NOLAREADY to 77295 for weather alerts and information.