Monday, September 12, 2005

Some See Katrina Relief As Good

In Ol' BC's last post, I noted comparing Katrina to Hurricane Floyd as far as aid arriving is concerned. Now, there is this Post-Gazette.com piece which goes even further.


The federal government pretty much met its standard time lines, but the volume
of support provided during the 72-96 hour was unprecedented. The federal
response here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew, faster than Iniki,
faster than Francine and Jeanne."
For instance, it took five days for
National Guard troops to arrive in strength on the scene in Homestead, Fla.
after Hurricane Andrew hit in 2002. But after Katrina, there was a significant
National Guard presence in the afflicted region in three.
Journalists who
are long on opinions and short on knowledge have no idea what is involved in
moving hundreds of tons of relief supplies into an area the size of England in
which power lines are down, telecommunications are out, no gasoline is
available, bridges are damaged, roads and airports are covered with debris, and
apparently have little interest in finding out.
So they libel as a "national
disgrace" the most monumental and successful disaster relief operation in world
history.


"The most monumental and successful disaster relief operation on world history" isn't exactly how this is being portrayed by any news outlets I've seen. BUT, this guy's been mobilized six times for hurricane relief. That perspective is bound to be somewhat different from the "journalists" sitting in their offices

Just a thought.

2 Comments:

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At 10:59 PM, Blogger Col. Hogan said...

Any rational observer will see that the predominant problem in New Orleans was its Mayor, with the state's Governor a close second.

My main problem with the feds is their treatment of volunteers. While volunteers were already saving lives and making victims comfortable in Mississippi, they were being stopped from entering NO and environs while people ere ill, starving, being victimized by thugs--both inside and outside of government.

 

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