It's here -- the 2014 hurricane season. Watching the tropical forecast, hoping for the best, while we're urged to be ready just in case we have to deal with the worse, is what many of us will do for the next several months.Col. Jerry Sneed, New Orleans' deputy mayor for homeland security and emergency preparedness, is hoping for a boring hurricane season, but he also knows that hoping isn't enough.
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"The city's ready, the region is ready. We've done all our coordination with our regional partners. With the state, we're refining things, but, yeah, the city is ready," said Col. Sneed. "I guess the important thing is, are our citizens ready? You know, our plans can be great, but of our citizens aren't ready, also, and prepared to react to whatever the event is, then our plans aren't going to be any good, right?"
The city's emergency preparedness website, NOLA ready, includes advice on how to prepare for evacuations, to shelter in place, and registering for evacuation assistance. Residents with special needs can find ways to get help with evacuating, and residents with pets can find info on evacuating with their animals, or getting assistance with getting their pets to safety.