Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Katrina and 9/11

Many comparisons have been made about the initial response to 9/11 and Katrina. This is somewhat unfair, as the devastation in New York encompassed a few square blocks, and directly affected 100,000 or so people. Katrina devastated thousands of square miles, and affected millions of people.

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On the FEMA website is a organizational chart that shows what the criteria is for FEMA involvement.

One thing mentioned by FEMA is that FEMA acts when local officials are overwhelmed.
Lots of talk about Rudy and 9/11. Rudy is a born leader, you can't take that away. But lets keep things in perspective. 9/11 devastated a few square blocks in NYC. Katrina devastated a few thousand square miles. No comparison. NYC first responders wouldn't have made a huge difference in the Gulf Coast. Too much damage. First responders in the Gulf States were every bit the heroes that the NYC first responders were.

And lets not forget 9/11.

Like Katrina, NORAD and the Feds were asleep at the switch on 9/11 too. It's just that Rudy and the NYC first responders did such a good job that the lack of federal response didn't hurt quite as badly.

But the Feds were still as fucking useless as they were during Katrina.


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