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.
Founding: Evacuteer.org was formed in order to help fill the needs identified after the first activation of CAE during Hurricane Gustav (Sept. 2008). 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 CAE at 17 neighborhood pick-up points, at the Union Passenger Terminal for transportation connections, and at City Hall to assist with 3-1-1 hotline operation.
Evacuteer.org's Role in Local Relief Efforts: In August 2016, Southeast Louisiana was hit with catastrophic flooding-- over 110,000 homes were affected. In order to assist, Evacuteer.org sent over 200 volunteers over the course of six weeks to assist with cleanup in partnership with Baton Rouge-based Trinity Lutheran Church.
February 2017, an EF-3 tornado hit New Orleans East. Evacuteer.org staff were in charge of supporting all local Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) efforts in coordination with the City of New Orleans. Evacuteers also helped run the local point of distribution with Second Harvest Food Bank and assisted with clean-up efforts in the area.
Media: 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, WWL, WDSU and the Gambit for its community and citizen engagement strategies and preparing New Orleanians for future storms.