Saturday, September 03, 2005

Junk Yard Blog: they had a plan

Junk Yard Blog, yeah that’s a name for this kind a’ stuff, provides a little background on, oh, the incredible failure of the NOLA and Louisiana government to organize a legit mandatory evacuation. Un-(fill in the blank)-believable.

While the mainstream types are putting out

We need better disaster preparedness

Katrina confusion highlights the need to create a more robust Homeland Security response system

Paul C. Light is a professor at New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and the author of "The Four Pillars of High Performance." This is from The Washington Post.

September 2, 2005

Even as the Gulf Coast states battle to recover from Hurricane Katrina, Washington should take heed of the chaos surrounding the early relief effort. If this is what happens when the nation has two days of warning, imagine the aftermath of a surprise attack using a chemical, biological or nuclear device.

Although the Department of Homeland Security and its Federal Emergency Management Agency are moving at near-light speed to coordinate an unprecedented relief effort built around DHS's National Response Plan, the nation must get even faster in the future. (Newsday link)

Add one more idea to the soon to be followed mandatory evacuation plan – open the gas pumps.
It’s been widely reported that a number of paycheck-to-paycheck Katrina victims were out begging for gas money to fill the tank to get out of town before the storm hit. What if, say once we’ve got a mandatory evacuation, we follow the plan and include in that plan a strategy to open the gas pumps with government IOUs going to the gas station owners. We’re sure that some owners did provide this life saving service, but why not make it policy.

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