As Easter Seals Louisiana serves hundreds of people living with physical and mental disabilities in the Greater New Orleans and Northshore areas, we strive to keep our constituents and staff up to date on remaining vigilent during the summer storm season. The City of New Orleans and Louisiana Office of Homeland Security offer many ways for the elderly and people with special needs to stay in the know as they prepare for city wide emergencies. Bookmark this quick resource guide and stay prepared New Orleans!
The City of New Orleans has partnered with Evacuteer, a non-profit organization working to empower residents and to make evacuation procedures more accessible for those in need."Evacuteer.org provides service at each one of the Senior Care Evacuspots to support residents with medical. mobility, and developmental limitations," says Evacuteer Executive Director Jennifer Hardin. "A safe and dignified evacuation is our primary mission and we prepare year-round to carry this out. Whether it's working 3-1-1 phones or registering residents for the Special Needs Registry during outreach events, our volunteers' commitment to our community is evident both during blue skies and emergency scenarios."
You can see a full list of Evacuteer Spots and get more information on their pick-up procedures here. Anyone who is disabled and cannot get to a pick-up location should register with the City’s Special Needs Registry (more info on this below) and a medical transport will be sent directly to them if an evacuation is called.
Senior friendly pick-up evacuspots include:
If you cannot reach an evacuspot because of medical or mobility issues, you can enroll in the Special Needs Registry. This list helps first responders plan for, prepare, and respond to the specialized assistance you may need to exit town. Registration is critical for those with special needs who may need ambulance or other special care.
"The Special Needs Registry is a very important tool in our planning for emergencies," says Dev Jani, Planning Chief for the Office of Homeland Security. "This list is used to ensure we provide assistance to those with specific medical needs during any emergency in our jurisdiction, hurricane or otherwise."
The Special Needs Registry identifies individuals who require special assistance during emergencies, including hurricanes, evacuations, sheltering-in-place, and chemical spills. You can sign-up for it here.
The City has launched a wonderful campaign called NOLA Ready which strives to keep citizens updated on the latest news during an emergency through social media. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for instant updates or to report outages or request services in your area.
In the event of a hurricane or other emergency requiring evacuation a Medical Special Needs Shelter may be set up in your area. These shelters serves those with medical or mobility issues who may suffer life-threatening consequences or be unable to care for themselves in the case of an emergency. Here's a breakdown of what you're allowed to bring with you to one of these shelters.