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Posted: Friday, 31 May 2013 11:08AM

Local leaders: Time for storm prep is now

WIth the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season just a day away, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was joined by several local Parish Presidents and other local, state, and federal emergency responders today to urge residents and businesses to get ready. 

"This is a team that is battle-tested.  We have been through many storms together," Landrieu said.  "Every storm is different.  Every one of them brings something that the other did not...We have a great plan, but every response to the storm depends upon the citizens."

The Mayor urged residents to go to Ready.nola.gov to sign up for text alerts that will transmit important information before, during, and after a storm. 

"You have to have a plan," Landrieu said.  "You've seen the kind of things that come our way...it could be water, it could be wind, it could be an electrical outage, the most important thing is to get a plan, and to be ready, and to be prepared." 

Col. Richard Hansen, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans, said the levees, flood walls and pumps that protect the New Orleans region from storm surge are the best they have ever been.

"It is ready to reduce the risk of the 100-year storm, or the storm that has a one percent risk of occurring in any given year," Col. Hansen said.  "We are confident that we are ready."

Click HERE to listen to the full news conference...

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