Evacuspots and City-Assisted Evacuation
Evacuspot statues mark the pick-up locations where residents may go to use City-Assisted Evacuation when a mandatory evacuation is called for the City of New Orleans. Evacuteer spearheaded fundraising with local and national stakeholders to meet the goals of a first-of-its-kind public art with emergency management function. The original website describing the project can be found here: evacuspots.evacuteer.org
Throughout New Orleans, there are 15 statues installed out of 17 spots total. Each stainless steel statue is 14-feet-tall, weighs 800 lbs, and is meant to withstand 200 years of wear and tear. Designed by public artist Doug Kornfeld and installed in 2013, Evacuteer spearheaded the fundraising in collaboration with FEMA, the Arts Council of New Orleans, and the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Where's my closest Evacuspot?
The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness recently developed a GIS application that can be used to find the closest Evacuspot to your location. Try it out for yourself in the embedded map below!
Click on the Evacuspot icon (the first of four round icons located at the bottom of the map) to enter your address and get started:
Seniors and Special Needs locations:
General Population locations:
What is City-Assisted Evacuation?
City-Assisted Evacuation (CAE) assists residents who cannot safely evacuate themselves and their families during a mandatory evacuation of the City of New Orleans. This may be due to financial need, lack of transportation, homelessness, medical or mobility needs, etc. An ID is not required to use CAE, and while prior registration is recommended, it is also not required.
Evacuteers will serve at each of the Evacuspots and the Union Passenger Terminal (UPT) to make sure that everyone using CAE is well-informed throughout this process, that families stay together, that pets are evacuated with their families, and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.
Anyone with medical or mobility needs should register for CAE ahead of time by calling 311 or visiting: www.nola.gov/ready/evacuspots/
How does City-Assisted Evacuation work?
If you need help getting your family to safety during a mandatory evacuation of the City:
- Go to one of the 17 Evacuspot pick-up points.
- Evacuteers will register you and your family for City-Assisted Evacuation (CAE), and inform you of the process ahead.
- An RTA bus will transport you and your family from the Evacuspot to the Union Passenger Terminal (UPT) downtown.
- At UPT your pets will be registered for CAE, and your family will enter a line to board a bus to a State or Federal shelter. The majority of these shelters are located within the State of Louisiana.
- The City and its partners will alert all of these shelter locations when a bus will return, which will bring you and your family back to New Orleans once it's deemed safe to reenter.
What can evacuees bring?
One small carry-on bag and personal item per person. Families will travel together, and if coming from different Evacuspots, should plan to meet at the UPT before getting in line for a shelter bus.
If traveling with pets, they must be in a pet carrier or restrained on a leash. Pets should have a collar with an ID tag, be current on vaccinations, and have required medications. For more information or to pre-register (recommended for seniors and special needs), visit ready.nola.gov or call 311.
Will there be language assistance for non-English speakers?
All Evacuspots are supplied with a Spanish translation of the evacuation tickets that may be used to assist individuals who may only speak Spanish. We also have translated responses to Frequently Asked Questions and commonly-used phrases in Spanish that our Evacuteers can reference in order to assist Spanish speakers. We will do our best to staff bilingual speakers at as many Evacuspots as possible!
The Evacuspot in Village de L'Est at Mary Queen of Vietnam Church will primarily be staffed by Evacuteers who speak Vietnamese.
City-Assisted Evacuation Brochure Download
The City produced a brochure that includes a map of the Evacuspots and information about how to use City-Assisted Evacuation. You can download the English version by clicking on the image below: