just a slight introduction to myself:
i am from maryland originally (b-more) but have lived in new orleans the past six years. i went to tulane for undergad and have lived here the past two years.
we have had a few hurricane scares here. once i hid in the closet in my dormroom when i was a freshman, because the university was going to house all of us in the halls of a centralized, and more fortified, dorm. although probably not the smartest thing i have ever done, it worked out because the hurricane hit the shores of mississippi instead of louisiana. this past fall residents of new orleans were also urged to evacuate, and i went to atlanta.
hurricanes don't worry me too much, but in 1992 (i believe) andrew f'ed up miami fairly bad. something to think about. as long as you take precautions, we should all be alright.