Katrina Mayor Offers Hurricane Advice Ex-New Orleans mayor warns that people 'may not heed the warnings' By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff Posted Aug 26, 2011 5:46 PM CDT 15 comments Comments Former Mayor Ray Nagin arrives to talk about his new book, 'Katrina's Secrets,' at a news conference in New Orleans, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Newser) – First, East Coasters endure chuckles from California over Tuesday's earthquake. Now former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is handing out hurricane advice? Though the Daily Caller points out that many would classify the reaction to Hurricane Katrina as a "colossal failure," Nagin, who was mayor when Katrina hit, still had something to say on the topic: East Coasters "have not experienced a storm like this in so long, so there are going to be many people who may not heed the warnings, or may move too late to try and evacuate," he said on MSNBC. "And that is when the drama will unfold." But he applauded authorities for alerting the public and tending to people with special needs before Hurricane Irene makes landfall. As for his thoughts on how he handled Katrina? "There are a number of things that I think that I could have done better. But ... the citizen has a responsibility to heed the warnings and act appropriately."