Brad DeLong pulls out a clipping from the New Orleans Times-Picayune dated July 24, 2005:
City, state and federal emergency officials are preparing to give the poorest of New Orleans’ poor a historically blunt message: In the event of a major hurricane, you’re on your own.
In scripted appearances being recorded now, officials such as Mayor Ray Nagin, local Red Cross Executive Director Kay Wilkins and City Council President Oliver Thomas drive home the word that the city does not have the resources to move out of harm’s way an estimated 134,000 people without transportation.
The message was to be distributed around the city on hundreds of DVDs. And the DVDs weren’t even finished before the start of hurricane season.