ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local disaster preparedness specialist says she’s keeping a close eye on Hurricane Isaac and hoping residents along the Gulf Coast take the storm seriously.

Joanne Langan is an associate professor of nursing at St. Louis University. She said interviews she did with seniors who stayed put during Hurricane Katrina seven years ago found most of them telling her it was much worse than they expected and they would evacuate the next time around.

“Most of them said, following Katrina, even if they didn’t want to leave or they did not leave, they’re going to go now,” Langan said. “Because they were scared, it was much bigger and more devastating than they anticipated.”

Langan says she’s happy that people are evacuating and taking the threat seriously but a little concerned that if the weather is not bad, they may not heed the warnings next time.


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