Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA August, 2008. Evacuation buses line the closed off street ready to begin City Assisted Evacuation Plan.
Evacuteer.org is a non-profit organization incorporated by the State of Louisiana on June 8, 2009, and approved as a 501©3 tax-exempt entity by the IRS on August 17th, 2009. Evacuteer.org recruits, trains, and manages evacuation volunteers (evacuteers) who assist with New Orleans’ public evacuation option called City Assisted Evacuation Plan (CAE). CAE activates when a mandatory evacuation is called in the city of New Orleans and is designed to move 25,000-30,000 New Orleanians without transportation. The City has successfully implemented the plan once, in advance of Hurricane Gustav (Sept. 2008), when 18,000 residents utilized the CAE. Evacuteer.org is an organization created out of lessons learned from that experience. Through an existing agreement with the City of New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP), the City of New Orleans has authorized evacuteer.org to manage all volunteers who work within the CAEP at 17 neighborhood pick-up points, at the Union Passenger Terminal (hereafter UPT) for evacuee processing, and at City Hall to assist with 311 hotline operation.
The organization has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, the Huffington Post, the Times-Picayune, The New York Times, The LA Times, the Associated Press, ABC 26, Fox 8, WDSU and the Gambit for its community and citizen engagement strategies and preparing New Orleanians for future storms. The organization trains 500 citizens each hurricane season to assist in the event of an evacuation.
Evacuspots--evacuteer.org's flagship project--in partnership with the Arts Council New Orleans and NOHSEP, placed 15 800 pound stainless and 14 feet high steel sculptures at neighborhood evacuation pick up points to ensure every New Orleanian as way to evacuate from future storms.