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. Evacuteer.org recruits, trains, and manages evacuation volunteers (Evacuteers) who assist with New Orleans’ public evacuation option called City Assisted Evacuation (CAE). CAE activates when a mandatory evacuation is called, and is designed to move 35,000-40,000 New Orleanians without a safe or alternative option to evacuate. The City has successfully implemented the plan once, in advance of Hurricane Gustav (Sept. 2008), when 18,000 residents utilized the CAE. 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 for transportation connections, and at City Hall to assist with 3-1-1 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, WWL, 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, is Evacuteer.org's flagship project in partnership with the Arts Council New Orleans and NOHSEP. Evacuspots are 800 pound and 14 foot high stainless steel sculptures at neighborhood evacuation pick up points that ensures every New Orleanian knows the way to evacuate from future storms.