Officials throughout southeast Louisiana are asking residents to start planning now for hurricanes. A busy season is predicted.
Officials from the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Coast Guard and area parish leaders say the region is ready for whatever hurricane season brings.
But residents must be ready to deal with all sorts of weather-related events.
Jefferson Parish President John Young was among local leaders gathered at the Port of New Orleans to mark the start of hurricane season.
“We’re much better protected today than we were at the time Katrina hit in terms of infrastructure, but we all have to remember it’s a risk-reduction system, it’s not a fool-proof system,” Young says.
St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom said Hurricane Isaac last year showed how hard it is to predict what will be damaged.
“We are concerned and we’re going to need to work very closely with our partners — the Corps of Engineers, the Department of Transportation, the levee district and our parish — because the evacuation route for all of you runs through St. John the Baptist Parish," she says. "And, unfortunately, it was under water for Hurricane Isaac.”
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says communication is key.
“Every storm humbles us. Every storm brings up something that we weren’t prepared for — so what we have to be prepared for is to be able to respond to the unexpected.”
Residents are asked to sign up for emergency information systems available on individual parish websites.