Mayor Latoya Cantrell and New Orleans emergency officials are recruiting volunteers to help evacuees during the 2020 hurricane season.
New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) and the New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps (NOMRC) encouraged New Orleans residents to become NOLA Ready Evacuation Volunteers.
Emergency management officials say the evacuee volunteers will assist in New Orleans residents who are unable to evacuate on their own.
The city-assisted evacuations are run by NOHSEP and the NOFD where they provide transportation assistance to 17 evacuation bus stops or “evacuspots” strategically placed throughout the city.
“As we’ve seen over and over again, neighbors helping neighbors is what makes New Orleans so strong,” said mayor Cantrell. “This hurricane season will be no different. We are preparing for an active hurricane season coupled by the impacts of COVID-19, and there is a real need for an increased number of volunteers. Please, if you’re able, volunteer to help all of our residents get to safety should a storm come our way.”
Volunteers will have to exercise additional precautions because of COVID-19.
“Because of this year’s combined threats of a major hurricane occurring alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever that we engage a group of dedicated volunteers to ensure our most vulnerable community members can get to safety ahead of a major hurricane,” said NOHSEP Director Collin Arnold.
The volunteer training will be offered regularly throughout the 2020 hurricane season which starts June 1st. The first volunteer training will be on Thursday, June 4th at 6 p.m.
All interested volunteers should register to join the one-hour webinar.