POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 6:34pm
NEW ORLEANS, La (NBC33) — The plan to keep everyone safe in the Big Easy for the Super Bowl has been in the works for more than a year and it involves local deputies making the trip to New Orleans.
Hundreds of thousands of people are heading toward New Orleans for the Superbowl and of course Mardi Gras. And to keep that many people safe, it takes a plan and a team.
"It's really secure we actually have been practicing and working on this for over a year now,” says Harbor Police Sergeant, Melanie Montroll. ”We met a lot and have practiced different strategies and tested different things that can happen."
And with all these people coming together for the Superbowl, if a threat, event or emergency were to occur, it’s sometimes better to travel on water than on land. "We have boats that are constantly in the water and people don't realize a boat can be just as dangerous as somebody on land they could plant a bomb next to the wharf area," says Harbor Police, Cpl. Earl Brown.
And now a mix of local, state, and federal first responders are all working together in New Orleans. "Were using the Department of Homeland Security System called the Homeland Security Information Network," noted U.S. Coast Guard, Lt. Joel Kurucar.
They all say their ready and have everything under control, even if Mother Nature were to act up. "It's very important for us to have a good relationship with the Coast Guard because of the number of waterways we have in the area," says Mike Efferson from the National Weather Service.
"They all come as one everyone communicates with one channel if something goes wrong everyone responds to that one particular area," noted Cpl. Brown.
So now 16 agencies will work around the clock to make sure the city remains safe and secure. First responders are in town this week from Miami and even Texas to help make sure everything goes smoothly.