The trick, really, is to evacuate BEFORE a predicted, known, and visible threat hits the city. A few snippets:
Louisiana officials again accused the Bush administration of being slow to respond to the flooding of New Orleans and then trying to shift the blame to state and local governments.
Though no big fan of FEMA, I just fail to see how they can be blamed for not taking care of people post-storm after the state and local governments failed to take care of them pre-storm.
Dan Packer, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans, said Sunday afternoon that he expected to bring lights to at least parts of downtown by that night. “I feel confident that a part of the central business district will be lit up tonight and the rest tomorrow,” he said. “As the city drains, we’re going to get fixing.”
If, indeed, lights burn tonight in the city, it will be quite a feat. And maybe some of the “nobody is doing anything” talk will die down a bit.
Episodes of looting, which peaked Wednesday, have dramatically diminished, as police and National Guard troops patrol the streets of the French Quarter and the business district.
Which demonstrates that all looters aren’t idiots. For what it’s worth, I DO think that the troops should have been sent in more quickly and with liberal rules of engagement. No one could do a lot about the flooding or the food shortages, but enforced law and order would have helped those trying to do what they could. A potential problem for authorities is people refusing to leave.
Some residents say they want to protect their homes. Others fear the hassles of evacuation, particularly if they have pets, which are not allowed on the evacuation buses.
People like that give actual victims a bad name.
Shawn Lazana, 36, an artist, and Kay Kennedy, 41, a writer, had been trying to stay in her uptown home when a military unit arrived with automatic weapons to evacuate them. Their street is flooded, and Lazana said he had seen the bodies of an elderly woman and a young child in the water. But they were trying to ride out the hard times so that Kennedy could continue to care for her cats, Armand and Gabriel. “We were basically forced out at gunpoint,” Lazana said.
Let me restate that: They saw a dead woman and a dead child but wanted to stay to care for cats. I see no reason to add anything.
And get this:
“They’re gonna have to leave,” New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said. “The issue of life safety is really becoming a serious issue for me,” citing the presence of toxins and bodies in the water.
That’s rich. Now he says they have to leave. The “issue of life safety is really becoming a serious issue for him“.
Several residents said they would leave if the evacuation process promises not to be too miserable.
Because, apparently, being stranded in a city with no power, water, or food and surrounded by toxins and dead bodies isn’t miserable enough.
Let’s just keep in mind that the vast majority of the victims aren’t idiots like these morons. They’re actually deserving of our pity and our help.