Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 22, 2017; 6:00pm Social, 6:30pm Meeting @ St. Dominic Gym
Do You Know Where Your Evacuspot Is?
In 2013, the City of New Orleans and evacuteer.org [external link] unveiled new artwork to mark the 17 designated City evacuation pick-up points where citizens may go during a mandatory evacuation. Our Lakeview EvacuSpot is located at the Smith Library Bus Stop at 6300 Canal Boulevard.
How Mandatory Evacuations Works
In the case of a dangerous or severe storm, generally Category 3 hurricane or higher, the City will call a mandatory evacuation. During a mandatory evacuation all citizens must leave the City of New Orleans until officials have designated the city safe for re-entry.
How To Leave Town
The City provides transportation assistance for Orleans Parish residents and/or tourists who cannot self-evacuate during a mandatory city-wide evacuation. From their EvacuSpot, citizens will be transported to Union Pacific Terminal bus station, for outbound transportation to State and Federal shelters. Citizens who can leave town in their own transportation should leave as early as possible, and be aware that roads will change to contraflow, with all roads flowing out of town.
If you have medical or mobility needs and cannot get to your closest EvacuSpot , you must call 311 or go to ready.nola.gov to sign up for the Special Needs Registry.
To Go Bag
Each member of the family, including pets, should have a sturdy bag with supplies for their individual needs in case of evacuation. Do not pack supplies in black garbage bags. Use canvas bags, backpacks, or with other materials that will hold up across travel when possible. These bags should include:
- Change of clothing and undergarments for at least three days, including layers of warm clothing and rain gear
- Portable non-perishable food such as energy or granola bars
- Soap, deodorant, toothbrush and other personal hygiene items
- Vitamins, medicines, and/or prescription medicines, including a list of what kind, dosages, reason for taking, and prescription schedule. You should prepare as though you will be away from your regular pharmacy or medical supplies for at least a week's time.
- Extra glasses or contact lenses
- First Aid kit or supplies
- Child care or other specialized supplies
- Contact and meeting place for your family, including phone numbers, and a small regional map
- Adults: extra credit card or ATM cards and cash, in small denominations, an extra set of house and/or car keys
- Copies of all important documents, in waterproof, transportable container