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Hurricane Preparedness Drill (1993)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Slidell, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1993-05-28

Duration: 00:10:52

Subjects: Hurricane preparedness | Hurricanes | Disaster response and recovery | Emergency management


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Koziara, Mike Interviewee
  • Witt, James Interviewee
  • Giddings, Bryan Interviewee
  • Kessel, Gary Interviewee
  • LeBlanc, Del Interviewee


This segment from the May 28, 1993, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on a hurricane preparedness drill held by emergency planners in south Louisiana. He reports that Hurricane Ansel was a Category 4 that hit New Orleans directly. He visits the command centers at the National Weather Service in Slidell, the state disaster command post in Baton Rouge, City Hall in New Orleans, and the Louisiana National Guard’s emergency operations center in New Orleans. He interviews: Mike Koziara, National Weather Service; James Witt, FEMA director; Bryan Giddings, New Orleans emergency planner; Lieutenant Gary Kessel, New Orleans Police Department; and Lieutenant Colonel Del LeBlanc, Louisiana National Guard. Host: Robert Collins