Gulf Coast residents are well aware, however, that predictions are only that, and any number of factors can change a serious storm into another disaster. And the response to such a disaster starts at the local level but can rise quickly to the need for a federal response, as was seen with Katrina. As of this writing, Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal had declared a state of emergency but not yet requested federal assistance. Gulf State residents will be watching closely to see if the coordination between the states and the federal government has improved since Katrina.
Residents of the Gulf States and the nation may reasonably expect that the response to Hurricane Isaac will be superior to that following Hurricane Katrina. The next few days will tell.