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Cloudy Skies--Katrina, Irene

Uploaded: Aug 29, 2011
My daughter still is home here in Palo Alto, due to the weather from Hurricane Irene on the East Coast. 11,000 flights cancelled over the weekend.

She had plans back at college in Vermont that Irena has disrupted. Major scramble on the internet and the phone to re-schedule.

My ex-wife and I were driving back to Palo Alto about this time in 2005, after our son started his college time in Spokane. NPR was on in the car, and we heard the drama develop well before Katrina actually introduced herself to New Orleans.

I am grateful to all those who erred to the fault of caution with regard to this current disaster: overall did it turn out to be less of a disaster due to their actions? We never will know.

I just remember driving home 6 years ago for 1 and half days and hearing on the radio of little or nothing being done to deal with the storm that New Orleans would experience. Overall, did it turn out to be more of a disaster due to their inattention? We never will know.

But I know what sort of people I prefer to have in charge of our nation's safety in such circumstances.


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Posted by Sherry, a resident of ,
on Aug 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Yes, I know what you mean. Ray Nagin is no Chris Christie....

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Posted by Resident, a resident of ,
on Aug 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I think it is all down to perspective. I didn't pay too much attention to the coverage as it didn't affect me personally. But, if I lived closer and was about to be affected by the storm I would have watched more closely and probably feel very different.

Since we live in earthquake country, we know that we don't get warnings. Those who live in hurricane country do have the opportunity of forewarning and appreciate the opportunity to do what they have to do to keep themselves and their property adequately ready. If we could have the same forewarning of earthquakes I know we would appreciate the time to prepare ourselves.

Therefore, I think that the fact that there is technology available for these natural disasters is good. If the storm doesn't live up to the hype or the coverage is supposedly too much, then it is better than having too little.

If you are not interested in the event, then why spend the time watching? If you are in the way of the storm, then no coverage is too much.

If only we could get the same for earthquakes.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of ,
on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:04 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Mayor of New York: Close the subways and bridges and EVACUATE!!!
Mayor of New Orleans: Zzzzz!
Makes a difference, don't it?

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Posted by svatoid, a resident of ,
on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:17 am

"Mayor of New York: Close the subways and bridges and EVACUATE!!!
Mayor of New Orleans: Zzzzz!
Makes a difference, don't it?"

Mayor of New York--white. Mayor of New Orleans--african-american.
Wonder why Walter is critical.

Also, Walter as usual is ignoring the facts (kind of like Walter claiming only a few hundred cambodians were killed by illegal US bombing during the Vietnam War, when the world recognizes that the number runs in the hundreds of thousands--but, hey, they were not aryan). Nagin did order an evacuation, though he even admits that he should have ordered it earlier:
"Web Link"

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"On Friday, August 26, 2005 Nagin advised New Orleanians to keep a close eye on the storm and prepare for evacuation. He made various statements encouraging people to leave, without officially calling for an evacuation throughout Saturday the 27th before issuing a call for voluntary evacuation that evening. He was hesitant to order a mandatory evacuation because of concerns about the city's liability for closing hotels and other businesses.[7] Nagin continued to announce that the city attorney was reviewing the information regarding this issue and once he had reviewed the city attorney's opinion he would make a decision whether to give the order to evacuate the city. With fewer than 24 hours left before the storm's landfall, Nagin declared a mandatory evacuation, the first in the city's history, and the first for a U.S. city of this size since the American Civil War."

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Posted by AMR, a resident of ,
on Aug 30, 2011 at 11:17 am

"She had plans back at college in Vermont that *Irena* has disrupted"

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