The New Orleans Convention Center Essay

1209 Words Oct 6th, 2015 5 Pages
New Orleans issued mandatory evacuations of the low-lying areas in the cities and advised all residents to stock up on bottled water, batteries, and non-perishable food. Despite all the warnings, many residents refused to leave. Residents had made it thru many storms and figured this was no worse than the last storm. These people found themselves trapped in attics and rooftops, in ninety-eight degree temperatures for days as they wait to get rescued. Those that did decide to flee now required shelter or temporary housing. The majority that did flee, ended up at the Superdome or the New Orleans Convention Center, where it housed a combined 35,000 people. Using the Superdome as a shelter turned out to be one of the worst disaster’s, as the streets of New Orleans began to fill it cut off all access to the dome, leaving people there without power, supplies, running water, medical care or even law enforcement. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) eventually were called in to evaluate the conditions of the dome and called it uninhabitable. The 10,000 individuals seeking shelter were evacuated once again to other locations. Both FEMA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) was called in to provide buses to transport, more than 1,100 vehicles were used to relocate people to other parts of the city and at times to out of state shelters. In addition to the ground operations, a joint effort by various government agencies airlift evacuated over 24,000…

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