NEW ORLEANS On Friday morning, the beginning of another hurricane season was less than 24 hours away, and local leaders did not wait to lay out their storm preparations and safety plans.
An active hurricane season was predicted for 2013.
Officials, including six parish presidents, Corps of Engineers and emergency managers, gathered at the Port of New Orleans and stressed that residents 'be prepared.'
The group of 16 leaders said that they plan on working more closely and learning lessons from hurricanes Katrina to Isaac.
The leaders said it is vital for residents to complete their hurricane planning immediately and be ready to evacuate.
'The Greater New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System is stronger than it has ever been before. But, every storm is different, has its unique dangers. So, it's important that individuals and families be prepared, have a plan to evacuate, listen to their government officials,' said Corps of Engineers Col. Richard Hansen.
'We have tried to close the gap in every weakness that we have had, and we feel like we are as well prepared as we have ever been. But every storm humbles us. Every storm brings us something that we weren't prepared for. So, what we have to be prepared for is to be able to respond to the unexpected,' said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.