Councilmember Kristin Palmer Announces This Week's Drive-up Food Pantry Schedule

posted Jun 2, 2020, 7:12 AM by Yvonne Mitchell-Grubb   [ updated Jun 2, 2020, 7:16 AM ]

Hurricane Season Evacuation Volunteer Update: Train Up with NOLA Ready

posted May 26, 2020, 9:23 AM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated May 26, 2020, 9:28 AM ]


June 2020

Hurricane season is almost here, and it's time to train up and volunteer! 

Hurricane season will be unique this year, as we navigate it alongside the threat of COVID19. Nola Ready is looking for dedicated volunteers to step up to the challenge of keeping our City safe and supporting our most vulnerable residents in the event of a major storm. This year, we have some important changes to announce to our volunteer program and trainings!

Due to the public health considerations from COVID19, the City Assisted Evacuation (CAE) volunteer program will now be managed by NOLA Ready and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), instead of Evacuteer.

As we kick off the 2020 Hurricane Season, we will be recruiting and training a large volunteer force to assist First Responders in the event of a City Assisted Evacuation during COVID19. NOLA Ready Evacuation Volunteers will be trained online, will undergo a background check, and will also have the opportunity to volunteer year round for other public safety opportunities. Due to COVID-19, all staff, volunteers, and evacuees will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will be required to socially distance if a mandatory evacuation is necessary. 

Our kick off Hurricane Season Nola Ready Evacuation Volunteer Online Training will take place Thursday June 4th at 6pm. All interested volunteers should register for the training by clicking here. 

Volunteers who were formerly trained and registered as Evacuteers are absolutely encouraged to train again this season with NOLA Ready and the NOMRC if they want to continue to volunteer with City-Assisted Evacuation. If you were an Evacuspot leader and would like to continue your evacuspot duties, please email

Finally, please take a minute to complete our annual Hurricane Season Survey. We are identifying which of our volunteers will be available over the summer months to assist in COVID-19 and hurricane season preparedness and response efforts. Please complete this survey by Sunday, June 7th. 

As we’ve seen over and over again, neighbors helping neighbors is what makes New Orleans strong. There will be many opportunities to train up and step up this season with NOLA Ready. Please stay tuned for upcoming trainings and volunteer call-outs. 

Stay safe & stay healthy!

- The Team at NOLA Ready
Helping you stay #ReadyYearRound

NOLA Ready is the City of New Orleans' emergency preparedness campaign, managed by the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. 


This message contains emergency preparedness information. Emergency alerts are sent through a separate program. To sign up for emergency alerts, text your zip code to 888777 or go to

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Mayor Cantrell and Senator Carter - Free COVID-19 Testing May 26 and 27

posted May 26, 2020, 8:22 AM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated May 26, 2020, 8:25 AM ]

CM Palmer - May 26 and 27 - Free COVID-19 Testing and Mask Giveaway

posted May 26, 2020, 7:58 AM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated May 26, 2020, 8:37 AM ]

May 25, 2020
Councilmember Palmer Partners with Ocshner Health to Offer Free COVID-19 Testing and Community Mask Giveaway in Algiers
Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer
NEW ORLEANS - District "C" Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer and Ocshner Health will offer free COVID-19 testing and community mask giveaway in Algiers this week. Free, walk-up testing will be available at the Greater St. Mary Baptist Church (1533 Horace St.) Tuesday, May 26, and Wednesday, May 27, from 9 AM to 4 PM or until all test kits have been utilized. 

Anyone 2 years of age and older who would like to know their COVID-19 status is eligible for testing. Councilmember Palmer will provide masks to community members during testing hours. 

WHO: Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Ochsner Health and the New Orleans Health Department 

WHAT: Free, walk-up COVID-19 Testing in Algiers and Community Mask Giveaway 
WHEN: Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27
9 AM - 4 PM (or until all test kits have been utilized) 
WHERE: Greater St. Mary Baptist Church, 1533 Horace St, New Orleans, LA 70114


Media Contact:
Tiffaney Bradley
Communications Director
Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, District "C"
(504) 295-4970

New Orleans Public Library: Contactless Materials Pick-Up & Drop-Off Services Available Now

posted May 22, 2020, 12:59 PM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated May 22, 2020, 1:00 PM ]

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Contactless Materials Pick-Up & Drop-Off Service Available Now

You can begin placing new holds now with pick-ups beginning as early as Tuesday, May 26.


Follow the steps below to enjoy our new contactless pick-up and drop-off service.


Step 1 - PLACE A HOLD - Explore our online catalog and place items on hold online or by calling any Library location.


Step 2 - CALL - Once you've been informed that your materials are ready for pick-up, call the location where you put the items on hold to receive location-specific contactless pick-up instructions. Materials will not be ready until after you call the location. Please note some items may take longer than normal to be ready for pick-up.


Step 3 - ENJOY - Late fines are not being incurred at this time so enjoy your materials a little longer than usual if you like.


Step 4 - RETURN - Return the materials to the Library by placing them in the return containers located outside.


Step 5 - REPEAT - Do it all over again. Place more items on hold and come see us again. We've missed you.


Those who currently have materials on hold can begin contactless materials pick-up now, once they have called the location where the items are on hold to receive location-specific contactless pick-up instructions.



Returning Materials

Materials may be returned beginning today during Contactless Materials Pick-Up & Drop-Off hours. All book drop boxes remain locked. Materials should only be placed in designated return containers.     



Materials Donations

Materials donations are not being accepted at Library locations. Materials that are left outside will be discarded. The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library are accepting donations BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at the Carriage House behind Milton H. Latter Memorial Library. To schedule an appointment, call 504-345-9563 or email


For more information, including frequently asked questions, visit our website.


Need assistance or have questions? Ask a Librarian online by clicking on the Ask A Librarian button at the top of our website.


Contactless Pick-up and Drop-off Locations & Hours

Mondays – Saturdays from 10am – 5pm
Algiers Regional Library
East New Orleans Regional Library
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library
Main Library
Norman Mayer Library
Robert E. Smith Library


Mondays – Fridays from 10am – 5pm
Central City Library
Children's Resource Center Library
Cita Dennis Hubbell Library
Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center
Mid-City Library
Nora Navra Library
Nix Library


Contactless pick-up and drop-off services are not currently available at Alvar Library or Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. We are working to make holds from those locations available as soon as possible.

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NORD Updates: Online Reservations, City's Phase 1 Reopening, FitNOLA via Zoom, and more!

posted May 21, 2020, 1:31 PM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated May 21, 2020, 1:46 PM ]

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Memorial Day Closure

In observance of the Memorial Day Holiday, ALL NORD facilities will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020. Operating hours will resume on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Online Reservations Now Available

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We are now taking reservations online for the following activities.  

  • Fitness Centers - Cut-Off, Joe W. Brown, Milne, Rosenwald, Sanchez, Stallings St. Claude, St. Bernard, and Treme Rec Centers
  • Lap Swimming at Gert Town Indoor Pool - 3411 Broadway Street
  • Tennis Courts - Atkinson Stern Tennis Center 4025 S. Saratoga Street 
  • Tennis Courts - Joe W. Brown Tennis Center - 5601 Read Blvd.

Watch this step-by-step video to guide you in this easy process! 

  1. Visit
  2. Select a day and time for your activity
  3. Click "Sign Up"
  4. Fill in your information
  5. Click "OK"

NORD's Phase 1 Reopening Plan

Phase 1 Reopening Plan

We are excited to welcome back our patrons to our facilities. Please review the Phase 1: NORD Reopening Plan for details on times, locations, and modifications here.

*LIVE* FitNOLA classes on Zoom now require password: BeFitNOLA

Our *LIVE* FitNOLA classes via Zoom now require a password: BeFitNOLA.  Classes are still FREE ACCESS.  Join classes like Cardio Blast, Barre Above, Yoga, Body Sculpting, Line Dance, and more!   Stay healthy and live well.  

To participate:

1.  Visit

2.  Enter FitNOLA Meeting ID: 
334-196-3309 and password: BeFitNOLA

3.  Click "join" and enjoy!

FitNOLA Shanda

GiveNOLA Day 2020

Give NOLA Day this year is June 2 and you can support the NORD by making a donation to the NORD Foundation now until June 1, 2020.  The NORD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds to support the activities of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission.  Click here for more information or to make a donation today!

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Reporting COVID-19 Noncompliance

posted May 21, 2020, 9:51 AM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated May 21, 2020, 9:51 AM ]

As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, a reminder that you can report noncompliance by calling 311 or on-line at  



The Department of Safety and Permits and the New Orleans Police Department will enforce requirements for Phase One operations and the limit on gatherings. Residents should call 3-1-1 or go to to make a complaint about a violation of these restrictions. Complaints about businesses can also be made. Anyone not following these requirements may be found in violation of Chapter 54 Section 501 of the New Orleans Criminal Code, which may result in a misdemeanor citation and a fine up to $500 or six months in jail. 

Giveaway of 4,000 Fabric Face Coverings to the Public

posted May 20, 2020, 1:28 PM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated May 20, 2020, 1:28 PM ]

May 20, 2020
Councilmember Palmer Partners with WBOK and ZULU to Giveaway 4,000 Fabric Face Coverings to the Public 
Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer
NEW ORLEANS - District "C" Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer has partnered with WBOK 1230AM and Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club to host two drive-up face covering giveaways. The New Orleans Pelicans donated the black fabric face coverings to the City Council's SewDat initiative, which provides a centralized website where citizens can purchase or donate a face covering for themselves, essential workers, seniors or transit riders. More than 10,000 citizens have received a free face covering through the website, and with the New Orleans Health Department urging everyone to wear a mask outside of their homes, Councilmember Palmer will provide 4,000 free face coverings to the general public.

2,500 fabric face coverings will be available to the public on Friday, May 22, at WBOK 1230AM, 1639 Gentilly Boulevard, from 10 AM to 1 PM. Radio hosts, Graylen Banks and Gerod Stevens with WBOK's General Manager, Schuyler Williams, will broadcast live from the studio as vehicles line up to receive their free face covering. You can tune in, here
Other participants include actor Wendell Pierce, Cleveland Spears, Jeff Thomas and Troy Henry, the WBOK ownership team. 

Walk-ups and bicyclists are welcome, and no documents are required. Only one face covering per person for individuals who are present. 

District "B" Councilmember Jay H. Banks will join Councilmember Palmer and the ZULU Social Aid and Pleasure Club members to give way 1,500 fabric face coverings on Saturday, May 23, from 10 AM to 12 PM.

Neighborhood Associations and groups with a higher number of seniors, homebound individuals and families severely impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to request free face coverings through Councilmember Palmer will donate up to 100 face coverings to each neighborhood group until supplies are no longer available.

Councilmember Palmer Face Covering Giveaways:

WBOK 1230 AM
  • Friday, May 22
  • 10 AM to 1 PM
  • 1639 Gentilly Blvd.
  • New Orleans, LA 70119
Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club
  • Saturday, May 23
  • 10 AM to 12 PM
  • 732 N. Broad Ave.
  • New Orleans, LA 70119


Media Contact:
Tiffaney Bradley
Communications Director
Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, District "C"
(504) 295-4970

Louisiana looks to hire more people to track coronavirus infections

posted May 11, 2020, 10:44 AM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated May 11, 2020, 10:46 AM ]

Louisiana looks to hire more people to track coronavirus infections

By: David Jacobs, The Center Square May 11, 2020 0

Louisiana is ready to begin hiring more people to track possible coronavirus infections, which is an important tool for loosening restrictions on more businesses, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday.

Edwards plans to announce Monday whether he will move Louisiana into the first phase of the White House-approved process to begin reopening sectors of the economy currently closed or limited. He said his administration was in the midst of a “deep dive” into the numbers regarding COVID-19 cases, symptoms, and hospitalizations, and gave no hint Friday of what the decision might be.

The Louisiana Department of Health currently has a 70-person team of “contact tracers” who interview COVID-19 patients, find out who they may have come in contact with, and then warn those additional people and ask them to stay home for two weeks to prevent further spread. State officials want to grow the team to at least 250 people and possibly up to 700 or more.

Extensive contact tracing, paired with an increase in testing, allows officials to quickly identify and mitigate COVID-19 hotspots, said Dr. Alex Billioux with the state Office of Public Health.

Participation in contract tracing will be voluntary for the public. Billioux said personal information will be guarded at the same level of security that hospitals use.

“Contact tracing is crucial but it alone will not get us past this pandemic,” LDH Secretary Courtney Phillips said. “No matter how many contact tracers we have, if individuals who are contacted by these contact tracers do not self-isolate then we will not succeed. We can get past this but only if we all do our part.”

State Republican lawmakers, who hold large majorities in both houses of the legislature, have discussed overriding Edwards’ emergency declaration in hopes of loosening restrictions on businesses sooner, though some fear the move could lead to a loss of federal funds. A House committee on Wednesday approved a measure that the sponsor said would take the “teeth” out of the governor’s “stay at home” order.

Edwards’ original order would have expired May 1. His decision to extend the order two more weeks angered many lawmakers who were under the impression the state was ready to enter phase one of the reopening process.

“Contact tracers must have graduated high school, feel comfortable having a telephone conversation with someone and also entering data,” state officials say. “They must be compassionate, able to protect and honor patient privacy, and complete a very detailed training session.” To apply, email

As of noon Friday, at least 2,154 Louisiana residents had been killed by COVID-19, along with 73 “probable deaths,” according to state health officials.

Almost 31,000 cases had been reported statewide, and more than 20,000 patients are believed to have recovered. Almost 1,400 people with the illness were hospitalized, and 185 of them were on ventilators.

COVID-19 Resources for Residents

posted Apr 30, 2020, 7:19 AM by Algiers Neighborhood Presidents Council   [ updated Apr 30, 2020, 7:20 AM ]


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May 2020

Greetings from NOLA Ready!

We hope you and your family are healthy and well! Though the last few months have not been easy, we thank you all for making the daily sacrifices to keep our community safe. During this unprecedented time, we want you to know where to find resources and assistance if you need it. 

NOLA Ready continues to collaborate with local and state organizations and coordinate services to hard-hit New Orleanians:

  • You may have seen our NOLA Ready Coronavirus Assistance page that provides detailed information about support available.
  • Check out our new resource calendar to see what's available every day.
  • Keep reading to discover resources for food, housing and legal assistance, unemployment insurance information, mobile testing sites, and mental health support.

If you haven't already, text COVIDNOLA to 888777 to receive updates on COVID19. Thank you for sticking with us, we'll get through this together. 

-The NOLA Ready Team

Food Assistance


  • Visit one of the free food sites in New Orleans, where food and supplies are provided to hospitality workers, gig economy workers, musicians, artists, and anyone in need.
  • Call 211 for information on daily food pantries and meal distribution operations. 
  • Call 311 if you are a senior and/or home bound due to special medical needs and would like to sign up for the Hands On Senior Meal Program. 
  • Ensure your children are getting nutritious meals. NOLA Public Schools are giving out free breakfast and lunch meals for children every Monday and Wednesday at these locations. NORD is giving out afterschool meals during the week at these locations
  • Sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program if you are experiencing food insecurity. 

View food sites and resources here

Housing, Evictions, and Legal Aid

View legal and housing resources


  • Remember that residential evictions have been suspended. Call 3-1-1 to report illegal evictions. 
  •  If you are dealing with threat of eviction, or need legal aid, call the Southeast Louisiana Legal Hotline at 1-844-244-7871
  • Click here to watch an information video by Southeast Louisiana Legal Society on the current state of evictions in Louisiana, what to do if your landlord illegally locks you out, and how to talk to your landlord about May rent.
  • Visit - an online pro bono program where users who qualify can ask civil legal questions (housing, family law, wills, etc.) through the site which are answered by volunteer attorneys. 
  • Receive assistance for homelessness from one of these organizations

Unemployment Insurance


You may be eligible for unemployment insurance if:

  • Your work hours have been reduced because of lack of work due to Coronavirus.
  • Your workplace closes temporarily, and you are not being compensated.
  • You have been instructed not to go to work, and you are not being paid while at home.

If this applies to you, sign up for unemployment insurance.

The City of New Orleans Job 1 office is assisting with filing unemployment claims. Call (504) 658-4500 Monday through Friday 8:30am to 6:30pm. Due to high call volume, please be patient. 

Get unemployment help

Mobile Testing Sites


Over the next few weeks, mobile testing for COVID-19 will rotate through metro area neighborhoods that have been hit hard by the virus.

  • You are eligible for testing if you are 18+ years old, and have recently been exposed or had symptoms of the virus.
  • This week, testing will be on the West Bank at the Marrero Community Center Tuesday-Friday 8am-3pm. Next week, test sites will be in Midcity and New Orleans East. 

Check testing dates and locations

Mental Health Support

Mental health

  • Stressed, sad, anxious, or overwhelmed? Need to talk? Call the Keeping Calm through COVID hotline at 1-866-310-7977 to receive counseling and resources from trained counselors. Click here to view hotlines from other organizations. 
  • Help children cope with the new normal. Click here for tips on talking to your children about COVID-19.
  • Get services for domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Get mental health support

Volunteer Opportunities


  • Want to help distribute food to families and individuals impacted by COVID19? Sign up to volunteer with Culture Aid NolaHands On New Orleans, Second Harvest Food Bank, and other amazing organizations stepping up to take care of our community
  • Do you have a medical or behavioral health background? The City of New Orleans is seeking licensed volunteers to help with the COVID-19 response. Register to volunteer here
  • Get involved with Sew Dat and volunteer to make face coverings for essential employees and food bank volunteers. 

Get involved!

NOLA Ready is the City of New Orleans' emergency preparedness campaign, managed by the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. 


This message contains emergency preparedness information. Emergency alerts are sent through a separate program. To sign up for emergency alerts, text your zip code to 888777 or go to

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