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FEMA to get tough with next hurricane
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (CNN) -- The Gulf Coast will be widely and quickly evacuated this hurricane season, even if the storm doesn't threaten to smash levees and leave a metropolis under water, state and federal officials said Tuesday.
The thousands of families displaced by Hurricane Katrina make the need for prompt evacuation dire, added one official.
"We have probably 94,000 travel trailers out there with families in them spread across three states, and these people have to be evacuated during even a Category 1 hurricane," said David Paulison, acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Another measure announced Tuesday was that New Orleans, Louisiana, will have no "shelters of last resort" for the city's 225,000 parish residents, said Orleans Parish's homeland security chief Col. Terry Ebbert.
The Superdome served that role during Katrina, with thousands taking refuge inside the 269,000-square-foot stadium. Evacuees were left without food, water or electricity for days, prompting widespread criticism of the government's handling of the disaster.
"Our goal is to ensure that we create an environment that it makes more sense for every one of those individuals to leave in the face of storm rather than stay," Ebbert said. "There will be no shelters of last resort."
Ebbert said the government is looking into freeing up rail service, aircraft and buses to help evacuate residents who do not have their own transportation.