Mayor Landrieu Says Federal Shutdown Not Affecting Storm Preparations

Oct 4, 2013

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says agencies throughout the region are working together in preparation for Tropical Storm Karen. He’s confident emergency preparations are in place.

Mayor Landrieu says the federal government shutdown is not hurting efforts to handle whatever comes with Tropical Storm Karen this weekend.

“The furlough and the concerns in Washington right now are going to have no impact on our ability to put a total complement of federal, state and local officials on the ground to protect the citizens," Landrieu said.

Landrieu says people should be getting their own plans in place, like stocking up on nonperishable foods and batteries in case power is knocked out. And he advises keeping tabs on updates on changes for outdoor events.

“We have Gentilly Fest, Art for Art’s Sake, Gretna Fest, Tulane game, another major event at the Saenger," he said. "We expect those to go on. But we’re asking all of the folks that are putting on those events just to stay vigilant.” 

The National Weather Service expects the storm to move ashore Saturday night.