Katrina - New Orleans... A Cluster Smurf
- THE RESIDENTS OF NEW ORLEANS
- POLITICIANS AND THE CORP OF ENGINEERS
- THE MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS
- THE GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA
- THE RESCUE SERVICES OF NEW ORLEANS
- THE NATIONAL GUARD
- THE PRESIDENT
I thought I'd spend a post on each one of these. Most of the time I try to stick to the light hearted and humorous side of life...But sometimes, a thing cannot and should not be ignored. Let's all learn from this. Today, I focus on the residents of New Orleans.
The Residents Of New OrleansI grew up in Florida and I've been in many hurricanes - and some very strong hurricanes at that. It seemed common sense to us, when a hurricane was likely to hit your area, and you lived on the beach or near the water, you evacuated. When the warning came to evacuate, quite simply, we did... The residents of New Orleans were not only warned that a category five hurricane was going to hit, and not only were they warned that the hurricane could drive water over the levees, but they were ORDERED to evacuate and nearly one million residents did evacuate.
Mayor Ray Nagin declared a state of emergency and ordered a MANDATORY evacuation. By law the residents were REQUIRED to evacuate, and those who chose not to actually broke the law. This law can be used by police and emergency services to force people to evacuate.
Most of the residents of New Orleans who drowned or were stranded by the flood Katrina caused, actually CHOSE to stay. They CHOSE not to evacuate. I didn't know that until I watched Spike Lee's documentary
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.
MANY of these people couldn't even swim... The worst damage from a hurricane usually comes from the tidal surge which floods the land and drags things back out to see... With all due respect, and honest sympathy, the residents of New Orleans MUST take some responsibility for what happened to them if they refused to evacuate.
If you are legally walking along a sidewalk and you see a car heading for you at high speed you're likely to jump out of it's way. Driven by the instinct for survival. You would NOT decide to stay on the sidewalk because you had the right to be there and the car did not. You would NOT stay there because you had been standing there for several minutes and you didn't feel you should be required to move. You would NOT stay there thinking "if this goes badly, someone will rescue me."
People did have warning. Many of those stranded DID have transportation. Many simply CHOSE to stay.
I do realize there were SOME people who could NOT get themselves out of the city. Such as the elderly who lived alone... I am not referring to people such as these, people who could NOT evacuate. I am speaking only of those who could, but for some reason chose not to...
The choices we make today, dictate the lives we live tomorrow...