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Orleans Parish Sheriff Talks Evacuation Plans In Case Of Storm

Orleans Parish Sheriff Talks Evacuation Plans In Case Of Storm

The Orleans Parish Sheriff outlined his evacuation plans for inmates during the 2014 hurricane season Tuesday.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman says a "best case scenario" would be to start moving inmates 60 hours before tropical winds make landfall, but he acknowledged that opportunity was not always available.

"Ideally, we like to do it in advance of contraflow. That's really our goal. That's what we've done every year. We've completed in advance of contraflow and that's what we have to do," Gusman said.

Gusman said it's broken down by gender, medical needs, and custody level as to where the inmates are distributed.

As for staff, Gusman noted that every deputy has to have a personal evacuation form and that they are expected to have their family and property secure with 50 hours notice.

When it comes to after the storm and bringing the inmates back to New Orleans, Gusman said, "The good news is that with our buildings, we're going to be able to recover a lot faster, and we're not going to have the downtime that we had before."

 

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