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. 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.
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:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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 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.
- See something, say something. If you see something that raises a safety or security concern, please say something. Call Convention Center Security at extension “3040” from the closest house phone or (504) 582-3040 from your mobile phone.
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.