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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu tells residents "the best part of wisdom is to prepare for the worst and to hope for the best."

New Orleans expects to be spared the worst of Tropical Storm Isaac. But that hasn't stopped residents from preparing. Across the state, people are boarding up their homes, dropping sandbags, and stocking up on emergency supplies. As ABC News writes:

[FEMA head Craid] Fugate said he was confident that New Orleans is prepared for Isaac with numerous safety precautions in place and improved levees after a multi-billion dollar effort to rebuild and strengthen the system post-Katrina.

"It's a much more robust system than what it was when Katrina came ashore," he said.

 The city has not put a mandatory evacuation in place. Right now, officials are urging caution. As New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a press conference: "The best part of wisdom is to prepare for the worst and to hope for the best."

James Cardoza takes a break after helping his boss board up his business in preparation for tropical storm Isaac in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Sean Gardner/Reuters)



Covered gas pumps are seen as residents head to the pumps in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac in Metairie, Louisiana. (Sean Gardner/Reuters)



Man loads sandbags with relatives as they prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac in Chauvin, Louisiana. (Reuters/Lee Celano)

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