Mayor Ray Nagin has released the city's revised evacuation plan.
The new emergency preparedness plan, a work in progress, will not include the opening of the Superdome as a refuge of last resort.This is an improvement over the previous plan which was to get out of town, and if you didn't, you would die.
Instead, the city, state and federal government will participate in an effort to move an estimated 10,000 residents without transportation to state shelters outside the area by bus or Amtrak train. The train will be reserved for "special needs" residents with medical conditions and the elderly.
Residents needing transportation will be picked up by Regional Transit Authority buses at locations throughout the city and driven to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where they will be processed and then driven by bus to shelters, either in RTA buses or in buses provided by the state.
Nagin said U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff intervened to get Amtrak participation in the evacuation plan, and also is assisting in getting commercial air carriers to hold off on canceling flights out of the city, or even provide special planes, to evacuate tourists and others who already have tickets to fly out of the city.
You can view a graphic of the plan here.