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Midnight exactly five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of new -- -- but while a lot has been accomplished toward the recovery of that region.
Still a lot of progress to be made.
Joining us now is the man who was the mayor of New Orleans during that time.
You know him mayor Ray Nagin mayor thank you for being with us.
Good morning to everyone you know mr.
-- I -- I remember I think was August 285 years ago sitting in the hotel room Philadelphia house watching -- riveted because you were saying.
Get out of here folks citizens get out of here because we may not -- -- may not be a New Orleans in the next 36 hours and it was.
It was stunning.
What are your thoughts five.
Years now since that date.
Well you know it's almost surreal.
Think back to the time and I've had some time to reflect on it.
-- I remember very vivid the when Max Mayfield.
The head of the hurricane.
Senate called me late Saturday and told me that the storm was headed directly from the laws.
And we only had about 24 hours to get people out -- and we did what we have to -- As you look back on -- mr.
mayor are there any regrets about how you handled the response to Katrina and as we look forward are there lessons to be learned from how the city did respond and how it may or may not have prepared.
-- you know since it was such such a devastating event in the -- ever gone through it before.
Yeah there's lots of things that I feel as though I could've done better as well as everybody -- the food chain.
The mandatory evacuation we've got everybody out.
But I could have called it about -- dollars early it was overnight I'm not sure would have made much difference what I think about that a lot and then just -- -- expectations.
Is the big thing that you know -- really could have done a better job of really explain in the citizens exactly what they will come into.
Because it was pretty tough on a lot of how to -- -- -- -- -- -- -- How bad do what -- I'm just asking because I know that emotionally that had to be so hard on you because the local officials they get the blame.
And I can't I'm sure that had affects on your life how did you deal with -- of the last five years.
Play in no solace in the moment.
And every day it was a battle just to do really Monday things that most bears take for Brandon.
So I don't have a lot of time to kind of brutal -- things you know what I learned is that my family.
You know they took it a lot taller than me because they weren't in the game if you -- -- -- and.
They have to sit by and suffer silently.
Now you have taken fair amount of criticism as well as former FEMA director Michael Brown now it appears you and mr.
brown agree on one thing.
That New Orleans is not ready for another storm of this magnitude.
What are you doing to help assure that the city is ready if this happens again.
What I think what we in agreement on is that the United States and pretty much the world's not ready for catastrophe.
You know if and -- Katrina happened.
I don't think there would be the catastrophic event that you saw before.
But if a stronger storm hit the laws and we could see some of that and I see a lot of the same phases that we went through what I look at the Haiti situation.
And I look at what happened in Chile we just don't Mae and its major disasters very well.
what you what your role real quickly what your role right now -- later.
Well I'm out of office you know so -- basically on the sidelines.
Setting up a foundation.
Hopefully help people particularly -- that senior citizens and children need to continue to recover from this disaster.
It real quick do you have any specifics on what the city does need to do to prepare if this happens again.
Well you know we had a great experience such it's a great experience we had a very successful evacuation.
After Katrina -- hurricane -- -- We learned a lot.
We have better evacuation procedures -- one of the things that people talk about his after Katrina.
A lot of citizens didn't leave because of their pets so now we have a very elaborate pet evacuation process.
That the city had.
All right mayor Ray Nagin thank you for being with us you like the folks of New Orleans and the gulf region resilient we appreciate you being with us in -- in our thoughts and prayers.
Thank you think you -- -- help and everyone across America definitely.
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