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    Filed at 5:44 pm under by dcobranchi

    I got my hair cut today. In the barber shop was a woman whose husband is part of some search and rescue team down in the Biloxi area. He was activated Sunday and arrived Monday. So far, according to his wife, he and his team have done nothing but sit around the base, waiting for an opportunity to help. Thursday, they were finally ordered to some storm-ravaged town that had seen zero assistance. As they pulled into town, the folks were lined up on the street, hollering and cheering. Before the rescue crew even turned off the engines, FEMA ordered them out of the town to some point two hours away.

    Can we impeach the entire Administration?

    7 Responses to “KATRINA: SECOND-HAND INFO”

    Comment by
    September 3rd, 2005
    at 6:07 pm

    Daryl, I’ve heard a few similar stories. One person in southern Mississippi told me that although his community desperately needs supplies, he, working a shelter that fed 1,000 people yesterday, is being told “18 wheelers” will not be allowed to get off the interstate, even if they are stocked with supplies and the roads are clear to his church.

    I’ve tried to pass this along as a possibility to folks who want to take things there, but it’s hard to determine what’s true and what’s not true. And, how the “policy” might change day to day.

    It’s so clear that people want to help, and it’s so unclear how to best go about it.

    I guess “disaster preparation” is an oxymoron.

    One thing seems to be universally true — there is no gasoline to be had in southern Mississippi. If you go to deliver supplies or volunteer, you must be able to return without filling your tank there.

    Comment by
    September 3rd, 2005
    at 6:09 pm


    I’m so glad you and yours are fine.

    Comment by
    September 3rd, 2005
    at 10:49 pm

    This spurning of offers of assistance –from so many, and so frequently reported — sure seems like a pattern to me. Vancouver (Canada) Urban Search and Rescue teams, the Red Cross, National Guard units,etc, etc, … all turned away. Is there something to hide besides possibly criminal incompetence ?

    Comment by
    September 4th, 2005
    at 9:40 am

    I’m in agreement about impeaching all of them. I need a shirt that says “Impeach the Government”.
    This has shown exactly how out of touch they are with the ‘by the people, for the people’ part of things.

    Comment by
    Judy Aron
    September 4th, 2005
    at 11:58 am

    Yes but the message in all of this is that You cannot rely on the government for everything..
    It is ourselves, our neighbors our families that we must rely on..

    This of course is a logistical mess.. no one knew where to begin first.. if there is blame to be placed anywhere it should be placed on the governor of LA and the Mayor of New Orleans for not getting people out before the storm hit.. they made mandatory evacuation statements but did virtually nothing to move people out of harms way.. the feds could have moved faster but truly needed to assess the situation where there was no communication, no infrastructure and no plans in place for such an unprecedented catastrophe. Homeland Security – vis a vis the entire Gulf Coast got caught with its pants down.. with all those assets down there they should have had a better disaster plan in place..
    New Orleans was pretty good until the levees broke.. so what plan did the city have in place if that were to happen? probably a very lame one..
    anyway.. things look better now and many lessons will be learned (hopefully).. it reminds me of having to have a kid get killed at an intersection before a light gets put up there.. it is a tragedy which should get us all thinking about better plans and prevention.

    My two cents..

    Comment by
    September 4th, 2005
    at 8:46 pm

    Just a note – the levees did not break. It was the flood wall along the 17th street canal that was breached – then the breach furter eroded the supports and caused the break. The guy in charge of flood control for New Orleans said $1 billion dollars 2 or 5 years ago would have been no help. The walls were designed 20 years to stand up to a Cat 3 storm. We would have needed to design them better 20 years ago to ensure success last week.

    Of course, he could be lying. There seems to be a lot of that going around among officials right now.

    Comment by
    September 4th, 2005
    at 9:58 pm

    Of course, he could be lying. There seems to be a lot of that going around among officials right now.

    I don’t think so. I’ve heard the same thing from the head of the Army Corps of Engineers and others.