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NEWORLEANS - Leaders from parishes across the metro area came together with one message - 'Get ready.'

On Friday, the first day of hurricane season, they spoke about storm preparations at a news conference at the Port of New Orleans.

'A really good evacuation drives a really good recovery...the most important thing you can do is get ready,' Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

The officials talked about the coordination between their offices, as well as state and federal agencies.

'This is not about one parish, one city- it's about us all,' St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta said.

The Army Corp of Engineers talked about the Greater New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System, which encompassed surrounding parishes.

'This team is battle-tested,' said Col. Ed Fleming of the Army Corps on their hurricane season preparedness.

'We are better protected today than we have been in the history of this metropolitan area,' Jefferson Parish President John Young said.

Relying on past experiences, such as Gustav and Ike, officials can perfect evacuation and return plans.

'We've made a commitment to let people back in as soon as possible,' said Plaquemines President Billy Nungesser, 'but, people must heed warnings.'

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