NEW ORLEANS--U.S municipalities have not done enough disasterpreparedness to be ready for a catastrophe "gorilla," Mitch J.Landrieu, lieutenant governor of Louisiana, told a meeting ofclaims professionals here yesterday.

Discussing the aftermath of the response to Hurricane Katrina inNew Orleans, Mr. Landrieu told the 10th Annual ACE claimsconference that the problems of command and control that developedwere the same problems spotlighted after 9/11 in New York.

He suggested that when someone tells you there is a "gorillaaround the corner" you may believe there is preparedness "until youface it and see it."

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