The government's top Gulf Coast emergency official says supplies are being stockpiled ahead of the new hurricane season, which officially begins in a little more than two months.
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are huddling Monday with emergency planners in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi to review trouble spots in evacuation and response plans.
Gil Jamieson, deputy director of Gulf Coast Recovery says he's "here for the long haul." He says FEMA is gathering ready-to-eat meals, water, cots, blankets and other emergency supplies at government sites in the Gulf Coast.
But the region still has big problems after the 2005 hurricanes. Many bridges, in some cases the only evacuation routes, are still under repair or out of service. And basic services are still struggling to fully recover.