The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center successfully conducted a Fire Drill on July 30 in cooperation with the New Orleans Fire Department. The 350 staff members of the Convention Center participated in the exercise in order to demonstrate their understanding of emergency evacuation procedures.
The emergency scenario simulated a kitchen fire in one of the employee break rooms. The alarm was sounded at 9 a.m., the building was evacuated, and the drill was ended just over 5 minutes later. This exercise demonstrated how Convention Center staff can assist our guests in the event of an emergency evacuation.
“We’re happy with the performance of the Convention Center staff during the fire drill,” said Mark Kaufman, Director of Public Safety for the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. “Our preparedness in emergency situations is a priority for us as we continue to assist first responders in any way we can.”
In May, the New Orleans Fire Department toured safety-critical areas of the Convention Center to become familiar with its fire prevention, detection, and emergency response initiatives. This fire drill is yet another step in the Convention Center’s long-standing initiative to keep its guests and staff safe.
Public Safety Officer Lakesha Coleman takes a call at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s public safety base during the fire drill.
Executive Assistant Melanie Hester serves as Accountability Officer and calls roll for employees of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center during the fire drill.
About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
With 1.1 million square feet of prime exhibit space, in an entirely contiguous hall, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center provides the largest single exhibit space in the country. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center features an award winning staff and first class amenities, and is the sixth largest convention center in the nation. A consistent Top 10 host of the largest conventions and tradeshows in the nation annually, the Convention Center is also one of the city’s “Top Workplaces.” A leading contributor to the city’s robust tourism economy, the Convention Center’s event activity has produced $81.7 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.1 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.