NOLA Ready seeking volunteers ahead of active hurricane season

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — With an active hurricane season looming, NOLA Ready volunteer coordinator Ariane Newman is hitting the streets of New Orleans seeking volunteers. With Hurricane Katrina etched in her memory, making sure people are there to help is a must.

“I wanted to do a day that was dedicated to preparations for hurricanes and different weather events catered to New Orleans. My whole life goal is dedicated to making sure Katrina doesn’t happen again,” said Newman.

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For her, more volunteers mean more voices, highlighting how preparation is key. She says a big part of preparation is the volunteers who spread the word to their community ahead of severe weather.

“Power outages, hurricanes, extreme weather. Which is to bring water, and make sure your phone is charged. Making sure you can survive off of food and have your medicine. Your community can just be the people on your block but just ask them what is your evacuation plan,” said Newman.

With volunteers being the heartbeat of the organization, the hope is to reach even more.

“We are so much more than just evacuations. If you care about the city of New Orleans and the people of New Orleans and you want to make sure we are doing our best at all times. NNOLA Ready is what you should do,” said Newman.

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