God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen - Jars of Clay - listen now

Sunday, September 4, 2005

"It's Been Hell" For Them

And that's an understatement.


The primary lesson from Katrina: you must be ready to take care of yourself. In the short term after a disaster - you are the only resource you have for survival. You must know that while the government will help - it is not the first line of defense for any disaster. You must exercise common sense and be prepared. I'm going to buy a gun for the first time in my life and I'm also going to get a group of friends together and make a disaster plan so that we all know where to go and how to contact each other. I'm also going to make sure that if I'm told to evacuate, or if I even suspect that something serious enough to warrant leaving Atlanta is about to happen, that I LEAVE.


At the same time, the government - local, state, and federal - has a responsibility to provide for the common defense, whether it be from foreign army or a hurricane. What happened in New Orleans? I'm sure we'll find out and be properly horrified at the lack of prepardness in the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. The federal government will share the blame as well - but its hard to deny that once the feds got involved the situation rapidly improved.


With National Guard troops finally bringing food, water, and some sense of order to evacuees awaiting transport from the Superdome and convention center, attention was turning to saving those languishing elsewhere. That included airdrops of boxes containing food and water into flooded areas, where people pushed through neck-high water to retrieve them.


[...]


Buses, trains, planes and helicopters were transporting people mainly to Texas, where government-run shelters in everything from stadiums to minimum-security prisons housed about 120,000 people. The Red Cross said its shelters in nine different states housed 94,000 people. Tens of thousands were living with relatives or in hotels as a result of Katrina, which left New Orleans, a city of 480,000, uninhabitable and which drove people in Mississippi and Alabama from their homes.

0 comments:

Recent Comments

Contact Me

eMail:
cyberkevinblogs@gmail.com

MSN:
cyberkevinblogs

Google Chat:
cyberkevin1

Label Cloud

Followers

. . .

. . .

. . .


stats

Blog Archive

Disclaimer

All opinions expressed on this blog are those of the author. The author’s opinions do not represent those of his employers. All original material is copyrighted and property of the author. If you use it at least have the decency to give me credit for it. Don’t steal it or I reserve the right to sue you to heck and back, or worse. Other info may have been copyrighted by someone else; the author believes that such work as is quoted here does not exceed reasonable “fair use” of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the United States Copyright Law as I understand it. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. Opinions in comments or trackbacks are not mine, so if you have a problem with those, sorry, I can’t help you. Comments on this blog become the sole property of the blog, and may be reused or quoted on the blog or in any other media. Anyone mentioned in relation to a crime is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Contact: writetokevinp@gmail.com. All e-mails are presumed to be for publication on the site unless I am specifically and politely told otherwise - if you’re rude I’ll publish them just to hack you off. All comments are subject to deletion or revision should the author find them offensive or just simply not like you. Trolling will not be tolerated.

  © Blogger templates ProBlogger Template by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP