Just a short note on Gustav. The best source of information on what is happening in New Orleans is The New Orleans Times Picayune at nola.com. During Katrina, the paper listed neightborhood by neighborhood reports and blogs to lead rescuers to trapped people and aided in the rescue of people and pets. Their home page currently has evacuation guides and a place for parish by parish reports and updates. If you have friends or relatives in New Orleans, pray for them and keep informed at the Times Picayune.
I just watched Bobby Jindal hold a press conference to prepare the city for what is to come and what is planned to recover from the storm. I was totally impressed by his planning and foresight into the situation.