posted on Sep, 3 2005 @ 09:40 AM
A lot of people are saying various agencies were dragging their feet.
So what should they have done differently? And don't just say "get there faster with a bunch of food.
Let's say you want to fly in there with a helicopter. First off, a civilian helicopter only has a payload capacity of ~ 500 pds., right? So that is
about 80 gallons of water.
So let's say you use a coast guard or army helicopter:
1). If it's a federal military machine, you'll need permission from the governor of Louisianna, do to all the "state sovreignty" clauses in the
constitution, and posse commitatus language in the constitution, the feds CAN'T send in military personnel w/o the governor of Louisiana.
Which the governor (a democrat) refused to give for 2 days after landfall . . .
2.) Now, you've got to find a helicopter that wasn't damaged by Katrina herself.
3.) A helicopter drinks what, a couple of gallons of #1 grade aviation fuel minute? So find some, and then pay for it. Do you have a federal
checkbook or bank-card? neither do I.
4.) Before ANY helicopter gets in the air, you'll need a mechanic crew to check it out. Any helicopter crews in Kenner, Louisiana? What about
parts? It's not like you can pick up a main rotor assembly at autozone.
5.) With the Nawlins airport evacuated, there's no air traffic authority. Or radar network, since Katrina knocked out power. How will you keep
from being hit by the CNN camera helicopter.
6.) You cannot get a helicopter within about 100 ft. of power lines, since the force of the wind will whip the lines off the pole and into your
rotor. Without a ground crew, you can't set up a Landing Zone. And powerlines are invisible from a few hundred feet up, so you wouldn't even know
you were about to crash.
7.) You'll need a hotel or something for the mechanic, flight, and fueling crews to stay at, plus radio personnel. Plus, someone call the NTSB
(national transportation safety board) and tell them our flight path, and that we'll be flying without radio/radar support. You cannot call from
your base in Baton rouge, since the phones are dead. Hey, someone drive up to Bosier City and call the NTSB. 2 Hours later: Oops, the line is busy
. . .
8.) The crews will need to be paid, since they have car payments just like everybody else. If they are from LA or MS, they are probably still
trapped in their attic. Who will pay? If you want Billy Bob's fuel company to DONATE fuel, I'm sure you'll need to get on the phone with him, as
well. Please hold. You're call is important to you, and you will be connected to the next available representative. . .
9.) Every resource you try to get, whether it's helicopter parts or aviation fuel, is being fought over by the redcross, the sal army, the governors
of LA and MS. So everyone else is doing EXACTLY the same thing in the same order, and getting in your way.
10.) When people ask you why the h*** you haven't done anything, blame someone else. Rinse and repeat.