By Eric Schmidt

The New Orleans Saints are well aware of hurricane season and what that means when you live around the Gulf of Mexico region. It is appearing more and more likely that soon-to-be Hurricane Isaac is going to have some impact on the Louisiana region within days, and the team is adjusting their schedule accordingly.

The New Orleans Saints are preparing for a possible early exit from the region as hurricane warnings have now been issued for the region and the State of Louisiana has been put under a state of emergency. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal recommended voluntary evacuations for low lying and coastal regions of the state.

Interim head coach Joe Vitt cancelled the Saints off day on Sunday and convened the team for a meeting. He told members of the team to prepare for evacuation. “It was out recommendation that they evacuate their families. We will give the team off tomorrow (Monday) so they can further seek shelter for their families. Our players will be here at eight o’clock Tuesday, and at such time we’ll receive an update and see where this weather is taking us. If need be, we’ll have wheels up and go to Tennessee at eight o’clock.”

Vitt told reporters that the team has put in place a contingency plan which includes the team heading to Cincinnati in order to practice. Vitt also said that the team has already made their first round of roster moves, releasing 15 players in order to get down to the league required 75 players by 4 p.m. Monday but declined to release the names of the players which have been cut.

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a category 3 hurricane in the southeastern region of Louisiana. According to multiple computer models it appears Isaac could also make landfall in Louisiana on August 29, 2012.




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