Release Date: 09/18/2006

WHAT: Operation Lilypad will simulate search and rescue missions in a flooded New Orleans.  Water and air rescue procedures by boat and helicopter will be tested in various simulations to determine operational readiness.
News media representatives will be accommodated with access to watercraft and aircraft participating in the exercise. 

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 8 a.m. - Exercise Overview / Briefing

WHERE: (staging area) New Orleans at the old Walgreen's parking lot located on the corner of Robert E. Lee Blvd. and West End Blvd.

WHO: Participating agencies

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division New Orleans Police Department
New Orleans Fire Department
New Orleans Emergency Medical Services
Louisiana National Guard
U.S. Coast Guard
Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
FEMA Gulf Coast Recovery
Louisiana Urban Search and Rescue
Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Louisiana State Police

DETAILS: Media representatives are advised to bring proper identification to present at checkpoints into secured Operation Lilypad area.  A four-hour event schedule is planned and participating news organizations should also bring food, water and waterproof gear as would be needed in an actual flood emergency rescue zone.

EDITORS: For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or