Things Are Finally Coming Together In New Orleans  

rm_pchamp012004 55M
1324 posts
9/3/2005 1:01 pm

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Things Are Finally Coming Together In New Orleans

Finally, I see scenes from New Orleans that I should have seen at least 2 days ago. People at the Convention Center are being airlifted out in a matter "reminicient of the Berlin Airlift" as Geraldo Rivera commented.

Operations are being coordinated by an Army General, and while not perfect by any means, are running ten thousand percent more smoothly than before. Why didn't the military take over immediately?

But still I must rant ...

Why has the blame game already started? After 9-11 they waited at least a month (till after search, rescue and recovery operations were for the most part completed).

Why didn't the people evacuate when told to leave? I understand that some didn't have the means (but some chose to stay when they could have left).

Why did it take so long for food and water to reach the city? I don't want to blame anyone, I just want answers that may help in the future.

I think that one of the reasons may be a lack of experience in something of this enormous scope. The total acreage of the federal disaster area is the size of Great Britain. I heard that they were having trouble getting fuel to a convoy of 700 trucks carrying food and water into Mississippi yesterday. With the evacuation of so many, maybe noone thought that they would drain the fuel stations on the way out (to be honest, I didn't think of it till I heard about the shortage)

What do you think should have been done differently?

rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
9/3/2005 2:54 pm

What gets me is that in PA people are bitching about what gas prices are going to be now, instead of thinking that these people will never be the same, their lives are ruined, and thats the people who survived.

silkysmoothlegs3 105F

9/3/2005 6:45 pm

Ive been watchimg this on sky and i just sit crying watching it ,, Its hard to believe what has happened to such a beautiful place and to the poor people that live there,

Thank god at last they are airlifting people out,,

Guess all we can do is to pray for them all..

Silky xx

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
9/3/2005 6:55 pm

why didn't they leave?

if your experienced with weathering such storms....remember it started as only a cat 1 I wouldn't have gone anywhere....I wouldn't have evacuated out of the area for a cat 5

I would have stored my supplies secured by vehicles.....shifted all outdoor equipment inside.....filled the bathtub and all containers in the house with water.....packed our supplies and bunkered down in our shelters for the night....

that's what we did for ingrid

take so long?????well I think the flooding and strong winds would have been the cause of that once it is over it isn't just over.....there is rain wind and hazards for weeks after such a storm...


IdealSmile 39M

9/4/2005 6:25 pm

U know why the airlift took so long dont u.Because they had to make sure they could control those out of control niggers at the other end.The more that died downtown, the less had to be rehomed.

Truth be known they were scared of what an angry populace could do.

Politically if the immediate reaction isnt seen as being effective, it is better to wait a few days to make a distinction,admit it wasnt good enough.Then channel maximum effort to the area.This way is more media friendly than a steady build up.It looks like a greater effort has been made.

There is also the fact that the plans in place were inadequate.Washington thought it was a local level disaster that could be contained a lot easier.There were even calls not to evacuate en masse.Now they about face and keep jamming this statistic that an area the size of the uk is affected, you figure it out.

Also look at the areas where they are not reporting in the media.What was the initial plan.What was in place.What options were open.Where there places to airlift people to.Wheres the relief effort by sea.How were the emergancy services hampered.What was plan b, and c.

There is much more to this then meets the eye.It will be as bad as watergate I can tell u, and I havent even mentioned oil.

Superpower! makes me laugh.

open4fun2005 58M/50F

9/5/2005 11:27 pm

I dont care to hear IdealSmile refer to other americans as "out of control niggers" Such vile commments are not necessary....Yes it is a place where a lot of people are very upset with what is happening with them. They were uprooted from the place they called home. Not sure where their next meal is comming from if they even get one. Not sure where life is going to take them next. I honestly believe that thousands of those people had no where to go...and no means to get there. If the state or city had been properly prepared for Katrina...they would have already set up a plan to have all people evacuted before the storm hit. Meaning that they should have been aware a very long time ago that something of this magnitude could and ultimately did happen to the great city of New Orleans. Its easy for us who can watch tv in the comforts of our say what we would have done if we were living there and such a storm was heading our way. So easy....when we arent the ones fighting for our very lives!
Definatley a lot of finger pointing going on now...and it will continue for some time. The simple truth is...that EVERYONE including the president, FEMA, the state and local athorities failed the people of New Orleans...everyone should take the blame and not point fingers. The damage is already done.....admit the rebuilding can start....and make DAMN sure that nothing like this ever happens again.

Barbiebunny69 43F

9/6/2005 4:20 pm

Well, from an army ranger explained the military portion to me..

It took a while because the military had to figure out how to get the men in there. Most of the time they are trained to survive off the land, but this time that was impossible. So they had to figure out outposts so the troops goin in could survive and prepare pland and supplies to the region. It was a darn near impossible task to get a supportive foothold in there which is a rare situation. Finally they figured it out.

What Befuddles me are the ones knee keep in sewage pulling a raft with a TV in it.. WTF?

WHats even sadder.. most couldnt get flood insurance so they lost everything, and if they didnnt mold will set in next... yikes.

keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
9/7/2005 8:56 pm

Obviously there was not a plan in place for the folks without means. That is a failure of local and state government. Not the federal government.

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