Hurricane Preparedness Improvements
Since our inception in 2009, we have worked hard to improve hurricane preparedness and City Assisted Evacuation processes in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina changed the concept of hurricane preparedness for New Orleans and its residents forever. This timeline is just a brief highlight of some of those improvements.
All Evacuspots are going to be lit in May and June
#2016 NOLA Readiness Ride
Phase II of the Evacuspot project is achieved. Private donations from Caroline Fayard, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, UBS, Walmart, and Woolard Family Foundation are . Our social media and Kickstarter campaign called Love, Write, Light, allows us to raise $285,000 to light all Evacuspot sculptures and ensure visibility for these critical markers of the path to safety.
Evacuteer launches a new activation system for the over 500 volunteers trained and ready each hurricane season. This new CRM system allows the Evacuteer staff to activate and contact over 500 Evacuteers in less than 30 minutes.
Evacuteer launches a third program with the Community Partner program.
Unveiling (pictured above from June 4, 2013 Mayor's dedication) and installation of 15 Evacuspot sculptures in New Orleans. This public art project greatly enhanced the visibility of CAE pick-up locations.
2011 - 2012
Evacuteer expands program offerings beyond supporting the CAE process. Evacukids educational programs begin in 2011 and in 2012 Continuity Planning for Businesses and Non-Profits is offered.
At the five year anniversary mark, Evacuteer produces and video highlighting emergency preparedness improvements in Louisiana since Katrina. This project is underwritten by UNO/LSU Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency. Click HERE to see the 5 minute video.
Evacuteer.org is incorporated as a non-profit by the State of Louisiana. Based on lessons learned from the Gustav evacuation process, Evacuteer is formed to support the City of New Orleans with an on-call volunteer corp that is pre-trained to managed the CAE process.
Hurricane Gustav approaches and the City of New Orleans calls for a mandatory evacuation and for the first time, provides a City Assisted Evacuation plan that helps over 18,000 New Orleans residents who do not have independent means to evacuate.