This headline underscores the shameful performance of the federal response to Katrina. Five days before the US military reached New Orleans, the Canadians were there saving the day:
The forty-six member Vancouver-based Urban Search and Rescue Team arrived in the St. Bernard Parish which lies east of New Orleans a full 5 days before American rescue units, and the volunteers worked 18-hour days rescuing 119 people in total.
The team worked closely with the Louisiana state police who provided an armed escort throughout the rescue mission because of the increasing violence in the area. A St. Bernard official offered sincere gratitude and told the team that the Canadian rescuers were their first sign of relief.
St. Bernard Parish was home to 68,000 people but was virtually forgotten by U.S. officials who were concentrating their search and rescue efforts on New Orleans which is only a few kilometers away.
That’s great, and well done. As an American I thank the Vancouver-based Urban Search and Rescue Team.
But I’m wondering if the article has any information about the Canadians who arrived in New Orleans five days before the US military. Here’s St. Bernard, LA:
If they’re not careful, that headline might confuse some people. And there’s enough confusion already, thank-you very much.
Also in the article:
Although little mention has been given to aid and assistance pouring in from around the world, four Canadian ships, three navy and one ice breaker all laden with essential supplies are heading toward the Gulf and expect to arrive by later Thursday or Friday.