Evacuteer.org trains and manages volunteers who assist citizens leaving town if the Mayor calls a mandatory evacuation. It only takes one training to become an evacuteer, and trainings are open now.
Click here for a schedule of trainings and more information about volunteer roles during evacuations.
Evacuteer.org is a non-profit organization incorporated by the State of Louisiana on June 8, 2009, and approved as a 501©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 in the case of a mandatory evacuation.
During a mandatory evacuation, the city of New Orleans will assist 25,000-30,000 New Orleanians without transportation. The City successfully utilized executed a mandatory evacuation of all residents in advance of Hurricane Gustav in 2008. During that time, evacuteer.org provided volunteers to assist first responders and City officials, who moved 18,000 residents out of potential harm's way.
Evacuteer.org is an organization created out of lessons learned from that experience. 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 at City evacuspots, 17 neighborhood pick-up points, at the Union Passenger Terminal (hereafter UPT) for evacuee processing, and at City Hall to assist with hotline operation.