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New Orleans Mayor Orders Mandatory Evacuation

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The City of New Orleans launched the City Assisted Evacuation Plan this morning at 8 a.m. in preparation for Hurricane Gustav. Officials and volunteers helped check in citizens who needed assistance evacuating the city, including those with medical needs and with pets. The mayor has ordered a mandatory evacuation from New Orleans.

The citizens of New Orleans using this program will leave the city on buses and trains to various locations in the Southeast.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau of New Orleans updates on evacuation.

The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and all hospitality and government officials are working together to monitor the path of Hurricane Gustav. We are in constant communication with the State and City Offices of Emergency Preparedness, which are fully prepared to handle all developments.

New Orleans is better prepared than at any time in its history for weather related events.

The path of Gustav and its effect on New Orleans is still uncertain. However at this time it is likely that the Hurricane will hit somewhere on the Louisiana coast.

Mandatory Evacuation has been called for Sunday morning and all citizens and visitors must evacuate.

CONTRA FLOW WILL BEGIN AT 4:00 A.M. SUNDAY MORNING EASING THE DRIVING EXODUS FROM NEW ORLEANS.

THE MAYOR HAS STRONGLY URGED THAT VISITORS LEAVE NEW ORLEANS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

VISITORS PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SHUTTLE BUSSES RUNNING FROM THE STAGING AREA AT THE SHERATON ON CANAL STREET TO THE AIRPORT FROM 7:00 A.M. UNTIL 12:00 NOON ON SUNDAY. THE AIRLINES HAVE MADE PLANS TO BRING IN ADDITIONAL SHUTTLE FLIGHTS TO ASSIST VISITORS IN DEPARTING NEW ORLEANS. YOU MUST HAVE PROOF WITH YOU THAT YOU HAVE AN AIRLINE RESERVATION TO BOARD A SHUTTLE.

We encourage you to visit our links on this Website for more detailed information on the voluntary evacuation plan, particularly under the link "What a Visitor Should Know."

Please note that many hotels and restaurants are ceasing operations either Saturday or Sunday, to ensure the safety of visitors and personnel. All events planned for Southern Decadence have been cancelled.

Visitors with specific questions should contact their hotel to learn additional information.

As the Hurricane enters the Gulf, all information will change rapidly. Please consult all news and travel sources as you make your travel decisions so you can make the most effective one for your needs. We will do all we can to assist you in making the best decision.

Update: Mayor C. Ray Nagin has announced a mandatory evacuation for the City of New Orleans beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday. Mayor Nagin said Hurricane Gustav is likely to be larger and stronger than Hurricane Katrina. The City Assisted Evacuation Plan will continue until midnight on Saturday and from 6 a.m. until noon on Sunday to provide transportation for citizens who cannot evacuate on their own. Those who need transportation should go to one of 17 designated pick-up sites. Residents who have special medical needs should call 311 for assistance.

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