As I have posted before, 80% of the residents of the city of New Orleans didn't wait for an official announcement. They all hit the road and got out of Dodge before the storm. My family and I were in that number.
I do remember however, that a few days before the storm hit, I saw Kathleen, C. Ray, and the head of the Louisiana National Guard Landreneau on TV talking about the storm and evacuating. C.Ray went so far as to say that if you don't evacuate you had better have a hatchet with you so you would be able to hack your way out of the attic of your house and maybe save yourself. Kathleen asked those who were not evacuating to write their name and social security number on there arms in indelible marker so that they could be identified later. Gosh, it's been almost four years and I just remembered that she made that statement. They were serious about people leaving.