Security preps being made for Super Bowl XLVII
POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 7:34pm
New Orleans (NBC NATIONAL NEWS) — Officials are preparing for increased security before, during and after Sunday's Super Bowl in New Orleans.
"This is our backup communications system in case something goes down in the Emergency Operation Center,” stated Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Jerry Sneed. “We have this to fall back on to keep all of our communications up and running."
In addition to backing systems up, 1,300 federal agents, 270 extra Louisiana State Troopers and officers from surrounding parishes will be here to help out.
Immigration and custom enforcement is in full effect too; all delivery trucks going into the Superdome will be electronically scanned for bombs.
"CDP is providing inspections of all deliveries to the Superdome during this event,” stated Raymond Parker Jr. with Immigration and Customs. “(We will) x-ray all the cargo deliveries and provide aerial support, enforcing a temporary flight-restriction zone."
Security leaders say the Super Bowl ranks just beneath national security events. Once at the Dome, you will be wanded and may be subject to pat-downs before going in.
Plain-clothed officers will be on the streets, planes will be flying overhead to monitor the crowd and satellite technology will be used for live-time monitoring.
The Coast Guard even has started security operations on the lower Mississippi River today.