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Re: Katrina continued

There are thousands of refugees in Memphis right now. Tonight the mayor announced that Memphis will be helping with shelter and also with absorbing the children into the school system even if it would mean reopening schools that were recently closed. The Memphis Welcome Center is apparently bending every effort to try and help people as are the hotels. The whole terrible ordeal is like a science fiction movie -- especially with the threat of alligators and poisonous snakes in New Orleans and roving gangs of armed goons. It's beyond my ability to comprehend. I still cannot contact any of my family or friends who live in Mississippi. I feel sure they are all right as the most southern relative lives in Hattiesburg. The rest live around Jackson and in Vicksburg.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: "kmrsy" <kmrsy@netzero.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Katrina continued

Today's paper reprinted an editorial written by Eric Holdeman of Seattle for
the Washington Post, titled: "Diminished FEMA will be National Disaster". I
tried to locate it online, but can't find it. An excerpt:

Re Katrina: " ...Which makes it all the more difficult to understand why, at
this moment, the country's premier agency for dealing with such events -
FEMA - is being, in effect, systematically downgraded and all but
dismantled by the Dept of Homeland Security....

"The advent of the Bush administration in January 2001 signaled the
beginning of the end for FEMA. The newly appointed leadership of the agency
showed little interest in its work or in the missions pursued by Witt
[Appointed by Clinton in 1993 as director, James Lee Witt fought for federal
funding for special FEMA projects which were later cancelled by Bush.] Then
came the Sep 11 attacks and the creation of Homeland Security. Soon FEMA
was being absorbed into the homeland security borg.

"This year it was announced that FEMA is to officially lose the disaster
preparedness function that it has had since its creation. The move is a
death blow to an agency that was already on life support.....FEMA will be
survived by state and local emergency management offices which are confused
about where they fit into the national picture. That's because the focus of
the national effort remains on terrorism...Those of us in the business of
dealing with emergencies find ourselves with no national leadership...we are
being forced to fend for ourselves..."

So. I wonder how much help these people are going to get, especially when
their governors are not so well connected and there is no election taking
place in the near future in which the victims might play a pivotal role.

neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSR" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 12:55 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Katrina continued

One hopes that FEMA can come through for all those dispossessed. I was
wondering if the new bankruptcy rules, which I've heard are quite
even to those who can't help what happened to them, will cause problems.
It's just so sad - no house, no job, no city to go back to.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Of james singer
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 10:39 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Katrina continued

Once immediate needs are addressed, it looks to me like we're going to
need a massive public works program for the Gulf Coast from Lake
Charles to Pensacola. Not only are many of the victims dispossessed,
they're also going to be jobless for a long, long time. Doubt either
god or supply-side economics will be much help to them.

On Aug 31, 2005, at 1:21 PM, Pam Evans wrote:

> Wow - this is so bad. We're collecting for the Red Cross here at work
> and a
> local towing company has donated use of a 3 bedroom rent house here in
> Terrell for flood victims to stay in as long as they need to. I'm
> going to
> pick up kitchen and laundry stuff while the gal organizing it rustles
> up
> furniture and stuff. All we know about the people is all they have is
> the
> clothes on their backs. Hideous.
>  On 8/31/05, Daryl <pulis@mindspring.com> wrote:
>> Pam,
>> The twirlies were all around us according to radar, but the nearest
>> touchdown was about 10 miles north. We're fine - not even as much wet
>> as a
>> big summer thunderstorm, though the wind went on for hours and hours.
>> In the other good news department, my friend in Pensacola only had the
>> tarp
>> blown off her roof (still hadn't gotten back home since Dennis), and
>> another
>> in Louisiana is safe with relatives in St. Louis, though she has no
>> idea
>> what her home is like. She and her family live in Kenner, and that was
>> shown
>> to have a couple of feet of water the other day.
>> Several other acquaintances are still un-accounted for, including 1 in
>> Slidell and 2 in New Orleans who would not likely have evacuated
>> because
>> of
>> the danger of looting. I remember that during one of the other
>> hurricanes
>> a
>> few years ago, Lee had his attic set up with water, flashlights, food
>> and
>> an
>> axe and saw, because he knew it would be needed if the levy broke. I
>> keep
>> looking at those they're plucking off of the roof, and wondering.
>> My heart breaks for those affected.
>> d
>> Zone 7a/Georgia/Gardening on Heavy Clay
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 10:18 PM
>> Subject: [CHAT] Katrina continued
>>> I heard there were tornadoes in Georgia. Daryl, you and yours OK?
>>> --
>>> Pam Evans
>>> Kemp TX
>>> zone 8A
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