Friday, October 21, 2005

Desperate messages go unanswered

Everyone in American should read the pager email message exchanges between Marty Bahamonde, the one FEMA official in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck, and aides to FEMA chief Micheal Brown.

While Bahamonde tried to communicate the urgency of a rapidly deteriorating situation in New Orleans, Brown's press secretary worried that her boss have enough time for dinner at Ruth's Chris in Baton Rouge before appearing on the Joe Scarborough show on MSNBC.

"Just tell her that I just ate an MRE and crapped in the hallway of the Superdome with 30,000 other close friends, so I understand her concern about busy restaurants. Maybe tonight I will have time to move the pebbles on the parking garage floor so they don't stab me in the back while I'm trying to sleep," he wrote.

It is hard to compare NC to the disaster in FL. I have been to both cities, and I was In South Florida when Andrew hit.

There is a major difference in the people in the two cities. It comes down to the economics. Everything that Fema gave to the people in FL was destroyed by them. But the people in NC were careful with what they had, and they had a desire to rebuild a beautiful city.
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