Full-Scale City-Assisted Evacuation Exercise in New Orleans: Wednesday, May 17th 2017

Evacuteer.org is a non-profit organization incorporated by the State of Louisiana on June 8, 2009, and approved as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity by the IRS on August 17th, 2009.

Mission: Evacuteer.org annually recruits, trains, and manages over 500 evacuation volunteers (Evacuteers) who assist with New Orleans’ public evacuation option called City Assisted Evacuation (CAE). We serve to prepare and register evacuees, ensuring their ability to evacuate safely and with dignity.

City Assisted Evacuation occurs when a mandatory evacuation is called in Orleans Parish. It will begin approximately 54 hours before a Category-3 hurricane or higher makes landfall, and will run for 24 hours straight. We expect approximately 35,000 New Orleanians without a safe or alternative option to evacuate will use this process.

Tentative agenda for practice run on May 17 (evacuee transitions may differ):
8am: Volunteers will arrive at New Orleans Morial Convention Center for orientation and break-down of roles;
Evacuteer-trained individuals may be tasked as an Evacuteer OR an evacuee
8:30am: Volunteer orientation
9am: Volunteers will be bused to the Evacuspots (either Central City, Sanchez Center in the Lower Ninth Ward) and begin the role-playing exercise
10:30am: RTA buses will pick-up volunteer evacuees at the Evacuspots and bus them back to the Convention Center for staging of processing center (this will be our simulated UPT)
11:30am: 2 buses of volunteer evacuees will be transported to the New Orleans International Airport for processing to simulate air evacuations
12:30pm: Lunch
1pm – 4:30pm: Various exercises will be run from the Convention Center.

 

There are two roles for volunteers to play- Evacuteers and evacuees.

 

May 17, 2017

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New Orleans resident, writer, activist. Public market consultant.

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