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New Orleans disaster plan: Get out of town

by Mark5019 / May 2, 2006 9:24 PM PDT

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- New Orleans officials detailed a new disaster-preparedness plan on Tuesday that depends more on evacuation by bus and train and won't use the Superdome and Convention Center as shelters.

Mayor Ray Nagin and New Orleans Homeland Security Director Col. Terry Ebbert said the plan will prevent a repeat of the major disaster that happened when Katrina slammed the city last year.

"We think that we have come a long way," Ebbert said.

Ebbert and Nagin outlined a strategy built on lessons learned from Katrina, which killed at least 1,295 people in Louisiana and stranded thousands in New Orleans for days without help.

"Read my lips: This is a plan for getting people out of the city. There is no shelter of last resort," Nagin said. (Watch how those who stay behind will face arrest -- 1:29)

An evacuation would be ordered at least 30 hours before landfall of any hurricane of Category 2 strength or higher, with a curfew imposed after the evacuation, Nagin said

to bad he didnt do this the last time, it took how many to die to make this jerk wake up?

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Gee ...
by Evie / May 2, 2006 9:27 PM PDT
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who woulda think to use
by Mark5019 / May 2, 2006 9:38 PM PDT
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the school busses:)

if this donkeys rearend gets reelected they deserve all the crap that happens

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(NT) (NT) Ya think he's getting worried about the runoff?
by Diana Forum moderator / May 2, 2006 9:46 PM PDT
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Yeah, he turned down Amtrac's
by John Robie / May 4, 2006 10:56 AM PDT
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offer to use their train. The hundreds of parked school bus engines can be fixed, just like the car dealers can fix engines in floods and resell.

Like being said, seems like all that needs to be done is for the funky mayor to just carry out the old plan to evacuate.

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Sometimes it takes experience to revise a plan, Mark.
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / May 2, 2006 11:02 PM PDT

Houston's evacuation went much better, but there have been major changes in the plan there in light of experience, as well. The two largest are going contraflow immediately, and sending additional gasoline supplies to staions along the evacuation route so folks don't stall out on the roads.

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i guess thinking isnt nagins forte
by Mark5019 / May 2, 2006 11:04 PM PDT

school busses ruined not evacuateing i guess his lack of brains is excusable

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Yeah, but he already had a dry run ...
by Evie / May 2, 2006 11:22 PM PDT

... with Andrew or whatever hurricane had caused evac problems previously. They HAD the evac plan in place. They just didn't implement it!

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Did they just copy the previous plan?
by dirtyrich / May 3, 2006 7:04 AM PDT

and say its their own?

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Listening to Steven Colbert
by Diana Forum moderator / May 4, 2006 10:18 AM PDT

Suggested new name for FEMA.

Storm Accident and Viral Emergency Unconditional Relief Support and Emination of Loss Federation

S.A.V.E. U.R. S.E.L.F Devil


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(NT) (NT) :-)
by Evie / May 5, 2006 4:14 AM PDT
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