New Orleans Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt gave the players a day off from practice on Monday and recommended to the players that they evacuate their families to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac, the Saints said on their official Twitter account Sunday.
It was at about this time seven years ago that Hurricane Katrina caused such damage to the New Orleans area, and the region is on alert again, watching Isaac as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.
The Saints play their final preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday in Nashville. The Saints could leave New Orleans earlier than planned, but that has yet to be determined.
"Our players will be back here at eight o'clock on Tuesday and at such time, we'll receive an update and see where this weather's taking us. If need be, we will have wheels up and go to Tennessee Tuesday morning at eight o'clock. If we can get our regular practice in, we will get it in here, leave after practice and we'll evaluate it from there," Vitt told reporters.
Vitt said the team is better prepared this time as a result of what has happened in the recent past.
"No question," Vitt said on the team's official website. "That's the way this team is built. That's the way this organization's built. I think that it really just shadows the resiliency of our community. This community faces these types of things it seems every year. We stand beside our community, encourage them to take shelter and everybody can be safe in this thing."