Safety & Accessibility

The Water Environment Federation is committed to the safety and well-being of its conference attendees, exhibitors, and guests

Safety & Accessibility at WEFTEC

The information on this webpage is intended to provide general guidance on how best to prepare and respond to an emergency. This webpage will also be used to relay information to WEFTEC registrants and family members in the event of an emergency or natural disaster that severely affects WEFTEC.

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Safety and Security

WEF works hard to provide a comfortable and safe environment for WEFTEC, including contracting with a private security firm and off-duty police officers. Your help also is needed to provide a safe and secure meeting environment. WEF recommends that you follow these safety guidelines:

  1. Share your plans. Advise a family member or friend of your travel plans, including the dates you will be gone, how you will travel to the meeting, and where you are staying.
  2. Protect your identity. Wear your name badge only inside the meeting and convention facility; remove and secure your name badge when going to and from the meeting; when disposing of your name badge, scratch out or destroy your name and the QR code to protect your personal information.
  3. Don’t draw attention. People who look like they’re from out of town are especially vulnerable to crime, so try to blend in as much as you can. Choose inconspicuous clothing that won't attract attention. Be discreet when looking at maps and approach people carefully if you need to ask for directions.
  4. Be aware of your surroundings and travel in groups. Don’t let your guard down to snap the perfect picture for your social media platforms. Always keep an eye on your personal belongings and use good judgment when talking to strangers. A big part of the joy of traveling is the opportunities it affords to meet new people and learn about their cultures. But if someone near you is acting suspiciously, or if you feel uncomfortable, leave the area immediately. Avoid walking alone on unlit streets at night.
  5. Moderate cell phone usage when out. Pay attention when walking and using your smart phone as these devices have been the target of thieves nationwide.
  6. Be on the lookout for pickpockets. Consolidate your wallet. Don't bring every credit card and move it to your front pocket or/and wear a cross-body bag rather than a shoulder strap to keep your purse in front of you. Do not display large amounts of cash in public places.
  7. Trust your gut instincts. If someone or something seems suspicious, leave the area immediately.
  8. Safeguard your hotel room. Even if your hotel has strong security measures in place, there are steps you can take to make your room safer. Lock and dead bolt the door and keep your windows shut. Try to give the impression that you’re in your room even when you’re away, such as placing the Do Not Disturb sign on the outside of your door and keeping the blinds or windows closed. Don’t let any strangers into your room, even if they say they work for the hotel. You can always call the front desk to check whether someone was ordered by hotel staff to come to your room.
  9. Plan for an emergency. Be aware of your surroundings. Know where the nearest exists are located. Use the buddy system. Exchange contact information with another meeting attendee. In the event of an emergency, agree on where you will meet up. Call for help if your buddy doesn’t meet up at the agreed location within a reasonable amount of time.
  10. See something, say something. If you see something that raises a safety or security concern, please say something. If at the Convention Center, call security at 504-582-3040.

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Convention Center & City Safety

Convention Center Evacuation

In the event of a fire or other emergency, exit out of the closest emergency exit and follow the instructions of convention center staff and public safety officers to evacuate the area.

If you need assistance evacuating, find the closest exit. Call 504-582-3040 from your mobile phone to report your location. A Public Safety Staff will meet you and assist you to the safe zone.

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New Orleans City Safety

Your safety is a top priority, and New Orleans has taken significant steps to ensure a secure experience. The New Orleans Police Department has enhanced its capabilities with advanced technology and increased manpower. These efforts include the deployment of innovative technologies and a focus on effective crime prevention strategies. Enjoy your stay and the unique culture of this historic city!

New Orleans Visitor Safety Statement

Be Familiar with Your Surroundings

It is everyone’s responsibility to be familiar with their surroundings. When entering a meeting room, hotel room, or public space, take account of what is around you:

  • Locate the nearest bathroom, main exit, and fire/emergency exit.
  • Determine where the closest house phone is to your location.
  • Examine the evacuation plan posted on the back of the hotel room doors and the instructions listed in the hotel directory.
  • Count the doors between your room and the nearest fire exit and remember how many there are. This may be an enormous help in a smoke-filled hallway.
  • Choose a consistent place to keep your hotel room key at all times.

Nearby Health Services

This list of local pharmacies, hospitals, and dentists is provided for your convenience. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and inclusion does not imply endorsement, but we hope it assists you in finding the services you may need during your stay.

COVID-19 Testing

CVS Pharmacy
Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday | 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closes 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. for meal break
504 891-6307 4901 Prytania St.
NOLA Covid Testing
Monday – Sunday| 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

1012 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70112

STONE Diagnostics
Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday | Closed 
844-786-6325 615 Baronne St., Suite 100
New Orleans, LA 70113
Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closes 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. for meal break
504-561-8458 1801 Saint Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Emergency Dental Care

Gentilly Fa.m.ily Dental, LLC
Open 24-Hours
504-482-9919 2610 Esplanade Ave,
New Orleans, LA 70119


Children's Hospital 504-899-9511 200 Henry Clay Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Tulane Medical Center 504-988-5263 1415 Tulane Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112
University Medical Center 504-702-3000 2000 Canal St,
New Orleans, LA 70112


CVS Pharmacy
Open 24 hours
800 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70112

Open 24 hours

504-568-1271 900 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
Open 24 hours
504-561-8458 1801 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Wal-Mart Pharmacy
Monday – Saturday | 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
504-522-6959 1901 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Medical Concierge Service

Concierge MD – New Orleans
Monday – Sunday | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Walk-In Clinics

Concentra Urgent Care
Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday | Closed  
504-561-1051 318 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
In & Out Urgent Care
Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
504-864-8080 6225 S. Claiborne Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70125
LCMC Urgent Care - Uptown
Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
504-900-3160 5800 Magazine St., Suite A
New Orleans, LA 70115
Ochsner Urgent Care – Mid-City
Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday | 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  
504-218-4853 4100 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
Ochsner Urgent Care - Uptown
Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday | 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  
504-309-5015 4605 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
Ochsner Urgent Care - Warehouse District
Monday – Friday | 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
504-552-2433 900 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

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