Evacuteer.org annually recruits, trains, and manages evacuation volunteers (Evacuteers) to assist with New Orleans’ public evacuation option, called City-Assisted Evacuation (CAE). We serve to provide support for our residents during a mandatory evacuation, ensuring that all are able to evacuate safely and with dignity.
CAE will run when a mandatory evacuation is called in Orleans Parish. It begins approximately 54 hours before a storm makes landfall, and will run for 24 hours straight. We expect that there are between 35,000 and 40,000 New Orleanians without a safe or alternative option to evacuate who will need to use this resource.
Evacuteer.org was formed to help fill gaps that were identified after the first activation of CAE, which occurred during Hurricane Gustav (September, 2008). Through an agreement with the City of New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP), the City has authorized Evacuteer.org to manage all volunteers who serve our residents during CAE at the 17 neighborhood pick-up points (called Evacuspots), at the Union Passenger Terminal for transportation connections, and at City Hall to assist with 3-1-1 hotline operation.
We are a non-profit organization incorporated by the State of Louisiana on June 8, 2009, and we were approved as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity by the IRS on August 17th, 2009.