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Re: katrina aftermath

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] katrina aftermath
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 17:57:08 -0600
  • References: <7389699.1125701192458.JavaMail.root@sniper10>

Antoine Fats Domino is fine.  He was rescued with others; his picture was in
the paper.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Libby Valentine" <grdner03@yahoo.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 4:46 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] katrina aftermath

> I saw an interview with one of the writers of the 2002 article series
> (which won awards but got no serious attention), and he noted that one
> of the Homeland security drills last summer - last summer - was a
> natural disaster of this magnitude in NO, almost the exact scenario that
> has occurred. So they had a (literally) dry run 12 months ago. Today one
> of the army guys said they were slowed by the fact that the city is
> surrounded by water. Umm, yes... Also noted in hindsight was that when
> the mandatory evacuation was ordered (when was that, Saturday?), the
> feds needed to have provided the bus convoys at that time to get the
> city cleared. Not that everyone would have gone. I note that Fats Domino
> stayed in his home, and is now missing. I do think about all the people
> who are not in one of the 3 media-covered cities - how are they faring?
> I checked out the BBC this morning, curious as to what some of the rest
> of the world is hearing, and this is an interesting page of newspaper
> quotes from around the world.
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4207542.stm
> Things look better this afternoon with the arrival of significant armd
> forces along with supplies. One hopes the water gets to people in time.
> Jesse, your son is providing hope to those who are losing it, and I hope
> the thanks of the people he can rescue will somehow offset the ones he
> has to recover who are past help.
> I was up in Reading PA for work this week and the gas station across
> from the building where we were had regular at 2.47 Tuesday morning,
> 2.59 Tuesday evening, and 2.80 Wednesday morning. When I got home
> Wednesday evening my town is uniformly up to 3.19 for regular, 3.50 for
> super, same as today.
> I am 5000 CHAT messages behind so forgive me if I have missed significant
personal events - someday I may catch up.
> Libby
> Maryland zone 6
> David Franzman <dfranzma@pacbell.net> wrote:
> As far as the response to this disaster, you are right Cathy this is an
> unbelievable logistic nightmare. However, there were many things that
> have and should have been done immediately. Things like airlifting in
> supplies, including water, food, troops etc. That's what the National
> is for. Why did it take five days for those things to begin on a federal
> level? We should have had helicopters going over with loudspeakers
> reassuring people that help was on the way. Instead we got the same deer
> the headlights look that we saw in 2001. Now today, we see the President
> going around at the same time as we see troops going to the rescue. This
> action should have begun days ago. The task is daunting but with the
> response initially those in power could have alleviated much of the
> uncertainty, fear and hopelessness. Lets pray that they now grasp the
> magnitude of the disaster.
> David.
> http://www.atouchofthetropics.net
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