UNO gets $260k to improve city’s evacuation plan

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NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 01: Survivors walk to high ground after being evacuated from high water to a highway September 1, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rescue efforts continue as officials in New Orleans fear the death toll from Hurricane Katrina could be in the thousands. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — The University of New Orleans secured a $260,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration to help study and improve the City of New Orleans and the Regional Transit Authority evacuation plan.

The university’s Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology will make recommendations on evacuating the city’s most vulnerable residents during emergencies.

The research will include the evaluation of technology and communication to serve people who are often overlooked, UNO says.  The university hopes to help create a system where no person or group is omitted from the evacuation planning process.

The university’s final report will include suggestions for identifying people who may need assistance evacuating as well as best procedures for communicating the risk to those people. The final results will also asses the capacity to help special needs people and to provide transportation for them.


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