Disasters Can Be Disruptive, You Know...
By Lee Russ
Friday, September 30, 2005 at 06:38 AM
It's good to have a serious, committed, government with experienced, competent people in charge of the important functions that affect us all. You can sleep easy when you have a cadre of such officials watching over you.
Wish we had some of them here. From the front page of the 9/9/05 NY Times story titled Political Issues Snarled Plans For Troop aid:
"According to the administration's senior homeland security officals, the hurricane showed the failure of their plan to recognize that local police, fire and medical personnel might be incapacitated and unable to act quickly until reinforcements arrive on the scene."
That was some plan. Maybe we should change "NRP" (National Response Plan) to "NUP" (National Unresponsive Plan).
They actually admit (anonymously of course) that they didn't anticipate that a hurricane might disrupt local emergency services. Were they expecting a trained hurricane that would devestate everything except the emergency facilities and access roads?
Did they anticipate that the flood would involve significant wetness? How about the loss of power producing significant dark after the sun went down?
We're now an embarrassment to ourselves, not just the rest of the world.