New Orleans learned the lesson about the seriousness of hurricanes the hardest way imaginable in 2005, so it’s not surprising that they are being more proactive ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac.
That includes the Saints. With the storm currently projected to turn into a hurricane before coming ashore on the Gulf Coast Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, the team has canceled practice on Monday so that the team’s players can help their families evacuate the area.
“We called our squad in here at 3:00 on their day off and informed them that it was our recommendation that they evacuate their families today,” interim coach Joe Vitt said, via the Associated Press. “We will give the team off tomorrow so they can further seek shelter for their families.”
The team is still scheduled to practice in New Orleans on Tuesday morning before making their way to Tennessee for their final preseason game. There is a contingency plan in place to leave earlier should the forecast for Isaac’s arrival change before the Saints are set to leave town.
It’s obviously a distraction, but anyone whose memory goes back to 2005 will surely agree that it’s better to be safe than sorry in these instances.