Building Resiliency in New Orleans’ At-Risk Populations
2015 hurricane preparedness outreach results are in! This year, our unit held 17 trainings for partnering agencies, trained 112 agencies, attended or hosted 107 outreach events, and educated over 3,600 individuals on hurricane preparedness. We also signed up 208 residents for the Special Needs Registry and distributed over 32,000 brochures! Our members and partners contributed 208 hours to conducting outreach in New Orleans.
September marks the end of the NOMRC's hurricane preparedness outreach season. For the past 6 months, we've been working to reach at-risk populations in New Orleans and we've had several successes and a few setbacks. Official results from our outreach season as well as a map of our efforts will be released in the beginning of October.
As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, the NOMRC is working hard to conduct outreach in the most vulnerable neighborhoods of New Orleans. We are also planning to operate 6 first aid stations at the Katrina 10 Day of Service on August 29 - a day when thousands of people will complete volunteer projects in the city to commerorate the 10th anniversary and celebrate progress!
The month of June was packed with outreach events! The MRC hosted 6 hurricane preparedness trainings for agencies and completed 20 outreach events, reaching over 600 people and signing up over 170 individuals for the Special Needs Registry. We conducted outreach to senior living facilities, community groups, shelters, and more. In July, we're planning on connecting with houses of worship and targeting outreach to neighborhoods we have missed in the past.
Hurricane Season began on June 1 and the New Orleans MRC is right on track with community outreach. Our outreach brochures (including those in Spanish and Vietnamese!) arrived in early May, just in time for our hurricane preparedness trainings for agencies. We held sessions for health centers, nursing homes, home health and hospice agencies, senior living facilities, and faith-based organizations.
Outreach season is coming up! We are revving up for this year's hurricane season outreach by meeting with partner agencies and scheduling outreach dates. We've implemented new methods of tracking outreach this year, including a way to coordinate outreach calendars of multiple agencies. This will help us monitor and evaluate our efforts throughout the season, instead of analyzing results at the end of the year.