WEFTEC 2017 will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago from Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2017. 


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The Water Environment Federation is committed to the safety and well-being of its conference attendees, exhibitors and guests. The information on this webpage is intended to provide general guidance on how best to prepare and respond to an emergency situation.

 This webpage will also be used to relay information to WEFTEC registrants and family members in the event of an emergency situation or natural disaster that severely affects WEFTEC.

Be Familiar with 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.

Reporting an Emergency

Say Something"If You See Something, Say SomethingTM” is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity and other emergencies to state and local law enforcement. 

New Orleans Morial Convention Center

RED Emergency Phones are conveniently located throughout the facility – pick up the handset and wait for a response. If you cannot locate a RED Emergency Phone, call the Public Safety Dispatcher from your mobile phone at 1-504-582-3040.
  • Never call 911
  • Stay calm 
  • Give your name, location and specifics of the emergency (fire, medical, etc.)

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Dial 55 from a phone inside of a meeting or guest room to reach the security team. Hotel security will respond appropriately based on the information given to them by the caller, dispatching EMS if necessary.

All Other Hotels

Guests at other WEFTEC hotels should familiarize themselves with their hotel’s emergency procedures.

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Responding During an Emergency


If an evacuation order is issued, or if it is necessary to evacuate due to an emergency, follow the instructions of Public Safety and Security/Emergency Personnel and:
  • Take only keys, wallets and essential belongings with you.
  • Leave the building immediately.
  • Do not investigate the source of the emergency.
  • Walk; don’t run, to the nearest exit.
  • Use stairs, not elevators.
  • Assist people with special needs.
  • Proceed directly to the designated gathering location.
  • If possible wear weather appropriate clothing.
  • Do not attempt to re-enter the facility until the “All-Clear” is given.
  • Once the “All Clear” is received, follow the directions for re-entering the facility.

Fire Or Smoke

If you see smoke or flames

  • Contain the fire by closing all doors as you leave.
  • Activate the nearest Fire Alarm pull station (Pull stations are located near all building exits).
  • Report the fire to Public Safety and Security personnel.
  • Evacuate or extinguish (In most cases, it is best to Evacuate).
Use a Fire Extinguisher only if:
  • You have been trained.
  • You have your back to an unobstructed exit.
  • You have a fully charged and proper type of unit for the fire you are fighting.
  • The fire is contained, and you have reported the fire by Fire Alarm or calling public safety.
  • Everyone else has left the area.
  • There is little smoke or flames.
Never fight a fire if:
  • You lack a safe way to escape should your efforts fail.
  • It has left its source of origin.
  • You are unsure of the type of extinguisher you need or have.

Suspicious Packages

If you have any reason to believe that a letter or parcel is suspicious, DO NOT take a chance or worry about embarrassment.
  • Notify Public Safety and Security personnel 
  • DO NOT touch the package or object.
  • DO NOT tamper with the package or object.
  • DO NOT attempt to move the package or object.
  • DO NOT open the package or object.
  • DO NOT put the package or object in water or an enclosed space, such as a drawer or box.
  • Evacuate the immediate area.

Hospitals/Urgent Care Facilities and Pharmacies


University Medical Center
2000 Canal Street

Children’s Hospital
200 Henry Clay

Tulane Medical Center
1415 Tulane Avenue

New Orleans Urgent Care
201 Decatur Street

Concentra Urgent Care
318 Baronne Street


900 Canal Street

134 Royal Street

CVS Pharmacy
800 Canal Street

CVS Pharmacy
620 Decatur Street
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