Hurricane Katrina  

gladheateher31 44M
31 posts
9/2/2005 3:15 pm

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Hurricane Katrina

First off, My thoughts an prayers are with anyone in the "disaster area". Mother Nature is still HBIC and decided to flex her muscle a bit.

From what I've received, it looks like the damage is more than anyone expected. A wide path of destruction from the coast as far north as Jackson is what I'm hearing. Relief agencies are overwhelmed and hampered by blocked roads, poor communication, breakdown of civil services and even a criminal element. Looters are shooting at helos. What is that about? That's about as smart as throwing a rock at a pack of rabid pitbulls. You'll scare them away, maybe, but they'll be back. The solution may involve gunships, burning more of a limitted avgas supply and tieing up more pilots. Heavy lift helos can mount .50 caliber machine guns. 762 grains of lead tearing through your chest is thier way of saying you just screwed up. However, that is counterproductive.

Some rumors and assumptions I have made. 1600 patients are in New orleans hospitals to be evacuated by air. Swift water rescue teams are beginning body recovery in the flood waters. Fire departments, police departments and rescue squads are making arrangments to send volunteers. Air and Army national guard aviation units are being called up to help with disaster relief and civil unrest.

What can the rest of us do? Above all, stay calm. The news media will sometimes sensationalize things. Show you the absolute worse they can find. Panicing from a news broadcast will not solve anything. Do not attempt to travel to the disaster areas. Louisianna state police have blocked the roads into LA. Organize collection spots in your area. Many families have lost everything and will be grateful for donations. Not just english peas and cranberry sauce, but things you'd like to have if you were in thier shoes. Toothpaste, hygiene products, clean clothes, basic necessities. Donations of money can always help. Even donating blood can make a difference.

If you are not happy with the way things are progressing, and you think FEMA, the Red Cross or whoever isn't doing the job correctly, put your thoughts into writing and mail or email them to the agency in question. There is a time for everything and now is the time for everyone to pull together and help the ones in need. There will be plenty of time to criticize later. Just like the LA riots, the twin towers, the numerous hurricanes and natural disasters in the last few years, America will get through this.

badgered69 48M
40 posts
9/2/2005 3:51 pm

America will get through this? Where the hell has the American government been for the past five days? Your people shouldn't be giving donations for this, you're America for god's sake not Thailand when the tsunami struck, they have no money, the American government has been pouring billions of dollars into terrorising other countries but you have to have a whip round to help your own?

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