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Emergency Preparedness

Children's Hospital New Orleans has plans in place and is ready to act when emergencies affect our area. Similarly we encourage you to be prepared to implement your emergency plan for yourself and family.

Our emergency preparedness plan is designed to ensure the safety of our patients, and staff. In preparing our plan we worked closely with state and local governments, the Louisiana Hospital Association, LCMC Health, our medical staff and employees.

Severe weather updates

When a hurricane or tropical storm threatens the New Orleans area, Children's Hospital will activate its emergency plan to provide patients, staff, physicians, and family members with up-to-date information regarding our preparations, announcements about hospital and clinic status, and other relevant instructions. In addition, our website will be updated with vital information.

Winter Weather Update: January 15, 2024, 6:00 pm

As the freezing weather approaches our area this evening (January 15), we will begin to experience dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills. Light rain will begin to transition into freezing rain over the northwest parts of the state, and slowly work southeast through the night. Light accumulations are expected in the Winter Weather Advisory area (Jefferson / Orleans Parishes not included), with rain expected for the Metro New Orleans area.

All rain/winter weather will exit to the east early/mid-morning Tuesday; however, a Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for both the north and south shore from 10 pm Tuesday through 10 am Wednesday, January 17 due to low temperatures.

Children's Hospital continues normal hospital operations with a delayed start time of 10 am for all Primary Care and Specialty Clinics on Tuesday. We continue to assess impacts for Wednesday morning, and will communicate any modifications to outpatient schedules as we get closer.

Your safety remains a top priority. If you need to reschedule an existing appointment, please contact your physician's office directly.

Please visit this webpage for additional updates. Thank you.


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