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Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayor, Public Safety Officials to Host First Full-Scale City Assisted Evacuation Exercise

May 16, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) will join local, state and federal public safety officials to host the first full-scale exercise of the City Assisted Evacuation system.

In 2015, the City received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. DOT Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to support a full-scale simulation exercise of the City-Assisted Evacuation plan, with special emphasis on vulnerable/special needs populations. Hundreds of volunteers will role play as evacuees and help representatives from various agencies practice the steps required to safely evacuate residents before a hurricane. City-Assisted Evacuation provides transportation from 17 Evacuspots to the Union Passenger Terminal (1001 Loyola Ave.) where individuals then board a bus to a State or Federal shelter out of harm’s way.

WHO:      Mayor Landrieu

                Public Safety Officials

WHAT:    City Assisted Evacuation Plan Exercise Pres Conference

WHEN:   TOMORROW, May 17, 2017

               10:15 a.m.

WHERE: New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

                Hall H

                900 Convention Center Blvd.

                New Orleans, LA 70130

NOTE: Free parking is available in LOT F on Convention Center Boulevard. Let staff in blue vests know as you pull into parking lot that you are with the media.

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