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City Of New Orleans Emergency Preparedness : Hurricanes
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
City Of New Orleans Emergency Preparedness : Hurricanes: "Authority to issue evacuations of elements of the population is vested in the Mayor. By Executive Order, the chief elected official, the Mayor of the City of New Orleans, has the authority to order the evacuation of residents threatened by an approaching hurricane. Evacuation procedures for special needs persons with either physical or mental handicaps, including registration of disabled persons, is covered in the SOP for Evacuation of Special Needs Persons. Major population relocations resulting from an approaching hurricane or similar anticipated disaster, caused the City of New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness to develop a specific Hurricane Emergency Evacuation Standard Operating Procedures, which are appended to the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. The SOP is developed to provide for an orderly and coordinated evacuation intended to minimize the hazardous effects of flooding, wind, and rain on the residents and visitors in New Orleans. The SOP provides for the evacuation of the public from danger areas and the designations of shelters for evacuees. " Image hosted by C. New Orleans Police Department * Ensure orderly traffic flow. * Assist in removing disabled vehicles from roadways as needed. * Direct the management of transportation of seriously injured persons to hospitals as needed. * Direct evacuees to proper shelters and/or staging areas once they have departed the threatened area. * Release all public information through the ESF-14, Public Information. D. Regional Transit Authority * Supply transportation as needed in accordance with the current Standard Operating Procedures. * Place special vehicles on alert to be utilized if needed. * Position supervisors and dispatch evacuation buses. Image hosted by
posted by Jack Mercer @ 9/07/2005 05:14:00 AM  
  • At 9/07/2005 12:55:00 PM, Blogger Toad734 said…

    That's a whole lot of buses that could have taken people somewhere.

  • At 9/07/2005 01:02:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…


    I guess I am just appalled at the blame game taking place out there. People are blaming Bush, FEMA, etc., when in all reality it is always the city's responsibility to evacuate its citizens. If there were people who couldn't get out because they didn't a car or were infirmed, the responsibility lies solely on the shoulders of the mayor and city council. And they are pointing fingers at FEMA (and the President)

    Good to hear from you, Toad!


  • At 9/07/2005 03:18:00 PM, Blogger fatrobot said…

    if this was martha's vineyard the response would have been quicker
    money is the only language that politicians understand

    from the dept of homeland security's website
    Preparing America

    In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility on March 1st for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation. This will entail providing a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to any large-scale crisis and mounting a swift and effective recovery effort. The new Department will also prioritize the important issue of citizen preparedness. Educating America's families on how best to prepare their homes for a disaster and tips for citizens on how to respond in a crisis will be given special attention at DHS.

  • At 9/07/2005 11:48:00 PM, Blogger Bookworm said…

    I love the new format -- much easier on the eyes.

    And there clearly was a plan -- look at what nice, neat rows those buses are parked in. That kind of parking takes organization, you betcha.

  • At 9/08/2005 04:10:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    As a former partner of a safety engineering firm I worked with FEMA all the time. It is not a first response organization, but a last resort.

    My posts are not necessarily in support of the Bush Administration. My posts are against the idiological lunacy that has gripped those who are seeking to play the blame game. My posts are about critical thinking in a time of raw emotion and political opportunism. Anyone who indicts the Bush Administration on this issue is soft in the head, and understands nothing about the United States government. Those 13% that blame Bush? Well, they are the 13% that probably blamed him for the Tsunami too.

    Who is the bigger fool, the fool himself or the fool who follows?

    This exercise requires a little thought, very little...

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