Emily Harris, as quoted in the NY Times on part of why she's not leaving New Orleans. She's apparently doing alright.
They live on high ground in the Bywater neighborhood, and their house escaped structural damage. They are healthy and have enough food and water to last almost a year. They have a dog to protect them, a car with a full tank of gasoline should they need to leave quickly and a canoe as a last resort. They said they used it last week to rescue 100 people.
"We're not the people they need to be taking out," Mr. Kay said. "We're the people they need to be coordinating with."
I'm beginning to paint myself as some kind of stoner (which I'm not - born again nerd is more like it), but I'm really reaching for the positive news in New Orleans at this point. After reading so many stories of tragedy, horror and neglect, it's time for levity and hope.