In the case of a dangerous or severe storm, generally Category 3 hurricane or higher, the City will call a mandatory evacuation. During a mandatory evacuation all citizens must leave the City of New Orleans until officials have designated the city safe for re-entry.
How Do I Leave New Orleans?
The City provides free transportation assistance for Orleans Parish residents and/or tourists who cannot self-evacuate during a mandatory evacuation. This is called City Assisted Evacuation. If you can leave the city in your own car, you should leave as early as possible to avoid traffic. Roads will change to contraflow 24 hours before the storm reaches the region, with all roads flowing out of town.
How Does City Assisted Evacuation Work?
If you need a ride out of the city, go to an evacuspot. From that evacuspot, you will be transported to Union Passenger Terminal (UPT) Amtrak/bus station. From there you will board a bus to a State or Federal shelter. You can find your closest evacuspot here. The City will bring you back to New Orleans when it reopens.
You can download our brochure with more information and a map in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
If you have medical or mobility needs and cannot get to your closest evacuspot, you can call 311 or go to ready.nola.gov to sign up for the Special Needs Registry.
Register for City-Assisted Evacuation