Thursday, May 4, 2017

City seeks volunteers to test evacuation programs May 17

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 10:14 AM

Evacuspot sculptures, unveiled in 2013, indicate city-sponsored evacuation points. - ALEX WOODWARD
  • Evacuspot sculptures, unveiled in 2013, indicate city-sponsored evacuation points.

New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) and Evacuteer are calling for hundreds of volunteers to join them in a test of the City-Assisted Evacuation plan.

Volunteers will participate in a program from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Lunch and parking will be provided for participants. Volunteers should register in advance of the exercise.

In the event of a hurricane requiring a mandatory evacuation, thousands of New Orleanians — including many elderly people and people with special needs — rely on the city to bring them to safety. Testing is needed, the city says, to make sure the plan works well.

Hurricane season begins June 1.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

New Orleans 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb commemorates first responders Sept. 10

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 5:20 PM


At the New Orleans 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, first responders — including firefighters, law enforcement officers, members of EMS and the military — will scale stairs equaling 110 floors at 400 Poydras Tower to commemorate fellow emergency personnel who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

The event, which is the first of its kind in New Orleans, honors fallen emergency professionals and also recognizes 137 Louisiana veterans who have been killed since the attacks. Each climber wears a deceased individual's name on his or her clothing, and the climb represents the height of the former World Trade Center towers.

All proceeds raised benefit Louisiana Heroes Project, a nonprofit which assists service members and veterans. 

The climb takes place the morning of Sept. 10. An after-party at Barcadia follows. Climbers and event volunteers may register online

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Orleans Public Library hosts food drive for flood victims, plus more donation drop points

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 2:48 PM

All New Orleans Public Library locations will collect dry and non-perishable food items as part of a food drive to benefit flood victims, it announced in a statement this morning.

Library Marketing and Communications Director John Marc Sharpe described food as "the most critical need" and called for donations of shelf-stable items such as canned fruit and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, soup, beans, chili, pasta, rice, cereal and peanut butter, as well as supplements including protein bars and Ensure. Each library will have a donation box. Goods ultimately will be distributed to Second Harvest Food Bank

Relief efforts continue after last weekend's historic flooding wreaked havoc on the state, potentially leaving thousands homeless. Below, find additions to Gambit's early list of places to donate or get involved.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Where to help Louisiana flood victims: Donation drop points around New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

click image Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana. - TWITTER/@ONEVISIONARY
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  • Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana.

After several days of record-setting rainfall, devastating floodwaters poured into much of Southeast Louisiana this weekend, including East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Ascension and surrounding parishes. Multiple news organizations are reporting the rescue of more than 20,000 people from homes and vehicles as of Sunday.

As many New Orleanians know well, flooding robs families of resources large and small: it's not just cars and homes, but day-to-day personal effects, from clothes and blankets to shampoo and toothbrushes. Here's our ongoing list of sites to donate these much-needed supplies to flood victims, as well as several contacts for direct donations and volunteer opportunities. 

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Monday, August 15, 2016

New Orleans chefs team up for Baton Rouge area relief effort

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 11:26 AM

A group of New Orleans chefs teamed up to deliver 1,000 meals to residents displaced by historic flooding in South Louisiana. - BATON ROUGE FLOOD OUTREACH/FACEBOOK
  • A group of New Orleans chefs teamed up to deliver 1,000 meals to residents displaced by historic flooding in South Louisiana.

Following days of historic flooding that displaced roughly 10,000 residents in South Louisiana, a group of New Orleans chefs teamed up to deliver meals and supplies to victims in need.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

"NOLA Readiness Ride" spotlights evacuation points

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 11:17 AM

Evacuspot sculpture unveiled in Armstrong Park. - ALEX WOODWARD
  • Evacuspot sculpture unveiled in Armstrong Park.

Volunteers from Evacuteer, a nonprofit that assists with the city's emergency evacuation programs, will ride RTA public transit lines June 1-3 to share information for the hurricane season beginning in June. 

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Louisiana supplies arrive in Hurricane Sandy area

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Here's a nice story for Thanksgiving, courtesy of New York's WCBS-TV:

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Hurricane survivors from hundreds of miles away have arrived on Long Island with a massive care package to help the Sandy relief effort.

Two truckloads of supplies and food arrived at Amityville High School from New Orleans, thanks to a couple of Katrina survivors who wanted to help out.

The tractor-trailers are filled with diapers, clothes, food and any other supplies New Orleans residents thought could be useful in the clean up and relief effort.

“It was amazing to see how many people responded to our cry for help down there to send up here,” Louisiana resident Trey Ledbetter told WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall.

This is the "Lagniappe From the Bayou" effort we wrote about this week in Bouquets & Brickbats. The whole story here.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Donate a suit to Dress For Success this week

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM

That almost-new suit you haven’t worn in a year, the pants you never got hemmed — get rid of them and feel good about it by donating them to Dress for Success during the 10th annual Send One Suit Weekend through Sunday, March 4. Drop off clothing donations at any Dressbarn women’s store (the closest locations are listed below the jump).

The nonprofit Dress for Success focuses on helping disadvantaged women who are trying to gain financial independence. The organization collects and distributes donated professional apparel needed for job interviews and beginning a new job. Items needed include suits, blouses, skirts, pants, shoes and accessories. Dress for Success partners with national retailer Dressbarn for Send One Suit Weekend. Dressbarn's stated goal for 2012 is to collect 60,000 items at its 825 stores, 9,000 more than the 51,000 the public donated during last year's drive.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Replanting the past past glory

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Barren flowerbeds line sidewalks leading to the African American Museum before volunteers arrive to plant a heritage garden using plants that would have been common in the 1820s.
  • Barren flowerbeds line sidewalks leading to the African American Museum before volunteers arrive to plant a heritage garden using plants that would have been common in the 1820s.

A corps of volunteers from Capital One Bank will help Louisiana State University AgCenter workers remove shrubs and foliage Tuesday in the yard of the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History (1418 Gov. Nicholls St., 566-1136; noaam.org) and replant a heritage garden with plants that would have graced the grounds when the Meilleur-Goldthwaite House (where the museum is located) was constructed in the late 1820s.

The LSU AgCenter and Tulane School of Architecture Preservation Program designed a landscaping plan for the yard based on trees and plants common in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans in the early 19th century. The volunteers will sow heirloom plants in the beds surrounding the museum during the workday, which lasts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Meilleur-Goldthwaite House originally was built as a residence in 1828-29. The museum will use the heritage garden to foster its goal of teaching people about the history and culture of African-Americans in New Orleans in order to protect and preserve that heritage. Installing heirloom plants is part of a larger renovation of the Creole villa, which has retained many of its original decorative details.

Capital One volunteers are helping restore the garden as part of the bank’s annual One Week initiative in which more than 658 company employees are expected to spend more than 3,000 total hours volunteering with 33 nonprofits across the state between now and Saturday. Projects include working with food banks in the New Orleans, Acadiana, central Louisiana, Baton Rouge and Covington areas; assisting Friends of City Park with clerical and horticultural duties; repairing homes in Gentilly with the St. Bernard Project; and volunteering with other projects in Houma, Oakdale, Kinder, Baton Rouge and Monroe.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sorry, Fort Jackson: Wildlife rehab center moving tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 10:49 PM

According to plan, considering Tropical Storm Bonnie gets uncomfortably close. From Unified Incident Command:

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, LA, which is providing medical care to oiled wildlife, will relocate to a larger facility in Hammond, LA early Friday morning. The transport will occur overnight in order to minimize stress on the animals.

The current Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation Facility is located in a hurricane evacuation zone and subject to damage from tropical storms and hurricanes. Moving the facility to the Hammond site eliminates the risk of evacuation in the event of a storm and reduces stress and potential loss of life of the birds.

Initially, the Hammond Bird Rehabilitation Facility will be capable of handling approximately 1,000 birds. Capacity could increase to as many as 2,000 to 3,000 birds.

When it was announced earlier this month that the move was imminent, I was writing a story ("The Volunteers of BP's America") about volunteering in Port Sulphur as birds came in and were sent to Fort Jackson, where they're cleaned, or, if they're dead, catalogued. Now, instead of a 20-minute drive to the Buras facility, the animals that come to Plaquemines will have to make a two hour trip:

Tom Buckley with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says he doesn't anticipate any problems relocating that far from the docks.

"It's obviously a little bit further away," he says. "Right now it's in the No. 1 top hurricane evacuation zone, so moving it to Hammond will get it out of that evacuation area, and it'll be a stable, more secure facility."

The new facility will have climate-controlled housing, more space for a larger volume of birds, and "state-of-the-art equipment," Buckley says, "rather than the rubber buckets and the other things (wildlife handlers) have been forced to use — but which they've used excellently. But this'll be better and more efficient for them, and I'm sure for the birds, too."

Pickup sites in Plaquemines Parish, like the one at the marina in Port Sulphur, will remain in use. "Plaquemines Parish will continue to be an important location for receiving, stabilizing, and transporting animals from impacted areas," the Unified Command release said. Wildlife branch director Rhonda Murgatroyd said the branch "is grateful to Plaquemines Parish officials and residents for their assistance, and we appreciate their continued support as we move."

But that distance could mean rescued birds may sit in oil for several hours before getting cleaned. To Port Sulphur, VOO carrying oiled birds navigate a network of bayous and inlets bleeding into the Gulf — a trip that already takes more than an hour.

On July 7, Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser said moving the facility is "unthinkable." He doesn't understand why it's moving, and why there won't be any cleaning operations near the parish. "If they would embrace more volunteers and people from all over the country to help, a greater volume of these birds would be cleaned at a faster rate," Nungesser said.

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