Saturday, September 10, 2005

Priorities

My thoughts go out to not only those who died in Hurricane Katrina but to the thousands of emergency workers who are working around the clock with out little praise and even more criticism from those leaders above them.

I especially feel for the family's of the police officers in the area, considering most would have been on duty with cancelled rest days and cancelled vacations to be on stand by for the Hurricane and who now 2 weeks are the event are probably the most crabby and stressed out officers left hanging around , and I cant really blame those who quit the job to look after there own families.

What with the national guard now in the region "helping" the effort

The whole issue of how this emergency has been handled has shown that there is no coordination or planning for major disaster in the Us, and this is two years after 9/11. It beggars belief.

What bugs me even more is the flippant remark from a FEMA official about the dead bodies floating about is " the dead cant get any more dead we are here to save the living" well Mr FEMA muppet two weeks after Katrina hit you should be at least removing the bodies so they don't INFECT THE AREA and then you will not have a major health hazard that is now looming in the not so distant future.

Don't even get me started on how crap the planning was / is / continues to be .
The phrase could not organize a piss up in a brewery comes to mind!

4 comments:

John said...

From my reading of bloggers in the area rather than the media reports, it seems it was the sheer scale of the thing that overtook everything. When the first damage reports came in the local authority thought that national help would be available. It was co-ordination that went wrong. The apparent inability to deal with those in the stadium now seems down to local authority's desire not to make it too comfortable for them in case they stayed and did not disperse. Red Cross and Sally Bash say they were fully mobilised on edge of disaster area but were not allowed in. If the plannin was anything like war, the old adage is that all plans go out of the window ehen the first shot is fired.

Anonymous said...

New Orleans is not the only place unprepared for disaster...My husband was called to our local, brand-new Emergency op. center on the day before Ivan was due in our area. The building had been completed without wiring for t.v. or telephones. Our eoc had no communications capability on the day of the damned hurricane. No cable, satellite, no fricken antennae. angrymarie in fl.

Anonymous said...

If you're going to write a blog that thousands of people may read try learning the difference between "there" and "their".

thinblueline said...

At anon -
If have read this blog you will know english is not my first language and I rely heavly on spell check :)

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