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Thursday, September 01, 2005
Maybe Next Time....
Maybe the next time a major American city calls for a "mandatory evacuation", with a population of almost 28% living below the poverty level, and with more than 100,000 people without personal transportation, they'll actually provide "mandatory" evacuation ahead of the storm and not afterwards.

Maybe next time, they will have transport ships, military personnel, and National Guard Units, on stand by and ready to deploy BEFORE a Category 5 storm hits. Not 3 days afterwards.

Maybe next time, they will stage warehouses full of Meals Ready to Eat, water, and generators BEFORE a storm hits.

Maybe next time, we will plan to utilize our major cities' stadiums, schools, and other arenas built to hold thousands of people as refugees. And also , to plan for upwards of a week, and build and equip them that way in advance.

Maybe next time we have more than 5 days advance warning of a killer storm - we'll do something about it.

Maybe next time, we won't be allowed to rebuild areas below sea level, in flood plains, or barrier islands.

Maybe next time, thousands of impoverished, marginalized American Citizens and human beings could be saved.

Thanks to Katrina, killer hurricanes have taken a lot more American lives in the last decade than all the terrorist attacks and loss of military life in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. They are a fact of life, and yet we act surprised over and over again at the devastation and destruction they cause.

Maybe next time, we'll learn.
posted by Broadsheet @ 12:53 PM  
3 Editorial Opinions:
  • At September 02, 2005, Anonymous Gurkha Tom said…

    The FEMA dis bandwagon is in full effect, and rightly so.

    It looked pretty doomed to me from the time I saw FEMA head Michael What's-His-Name on CNN on the first night: everything he said was first-person singular -- "it's lucky that I made the decision to jam the supply lines ten days ago," etc. etc. What a tool . . . .

  • At September 02, 2005, Blogger Broadsheet said…

    He should be criminally prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

  • At September 02, 2005, Anonymous LizBoylan in LONDON said…

    Lady, you got it so right -- because I thought I was missing something watching this long-distance. If the footage looks like a doomsday scenario to you guys, believe me on this side of the pond, it is being received with full-blown incredulity. To hear the president go down his faith-based patronizing path, was un-effing-believable. A string of rosary beads is good for something; however, it's nutritional value is questionable.

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