The mayor of New Orleans has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the entire city. If you live there, get out.
For those who are interested, I'll be collecting the firsthand accounts of LiveJournal users effected by Katrina in my journal, as I've done in the past for Hurricane Charlie and the massive tsunami in Asia last year.
I strongly encourage everyone in the storm's path to evacuate, but if you are going to ride out the storm, you may be able to reach me at insomnia @ livejournal.com while you still have power or phone service, if you would like to relay news, messages, and information. I'll once more be trying to connect people who may or may not have access to other forms of communication so they can get in touch with friends and family, and get information and assistance, as needed.
In addition, I encourage those who can to monitor the hurricane watch net, which will be broadcasting on 14.325 MHz as of Sunday at 2:00 pm CDT. They will be collecting measured or observed accounts from the affected area, and will be communicating information to and from official agencies such as FEMA and the Red Cross.
Good luck out there...!