Folks who aren’t from Louisiana need to understand this: we hear talk of The Big One hitting New Orleans nearly every year, and sometimes more than once per year. By the time a storm even approaches Florida, Louisiana officials are watching it. Of course they’re concerned about “crying wolf”, and of course they’re concerning about evacuating New Orleans in time. It’s a delicate balancing act. But you also need to understand that New Orleanians are a special breed. You know how New Yorkers live with the subconscious knowledge that terror could come at any moment, yet go on with their normal lives? Well, during hurricane season, folks from New Orleans are the same way (with the obvious difference being that they’ll have a chance to evacuate).