They need help in New Orleans. Now. They needed it yesterday, and the day before. For the people there it’s the longest week of their lives… and some of them won’t live the week.
Hurricanes are too big a drain on resources and money for any state alone. That’s why FEMA was set up. Why oh why, aren’t people in places ready to roll at a moment’s notice when a storm is obviously going to hit an area, like Katrina was?
OK, so it’s not known the EXACT spot where landfall will happen, but supplies and resources could have been stocked up ready to go as soon as that storm hit.
The politicians talk, and people die. People are dying that needn’t have died, because they should have all evacuated. That’s fine and dandy to say but not everyone has the money or the means to leave. For those that don’t have those means, but do want to leave, is it beyond the capability of this country to provide the logistics? It is just a question of organizing, and organizing quickly some mass transit.
Also, as good neighbors, should we all do more if we’re in one of those affected areas? Take an elderly or poor neighbor with us when we leave?
It’s never going to be possible to persuade everyone to go, but surely more could be done to get more people out.
If New Orleans had been empty, then it wouldn’t have mattered as much what happened afterwards.
It’s a well-known fact that as many if not more deaths happen after a hurricane than during it.
Let’s hope, and it’s surely a vain hope, that lessons are learnt from this tragedy. A tragedy that, for many people, could have been greatly lessened.No tags for this post.