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Originally posted by NinjaCodeMonkey
OMG you people are so ignorant. How could these people leave if they had no money, no cars, nothing. In the evacuation plans that were never used they realized that a hell of a lot of people would have no way of getting out. They knew that buses would be needed to get the poor out before the hurricane struck but they did nothing.
If i tell you to leave the US now and you had no money, no plane and no pilots license, no boat, nothing at all. How will you leave, swim? How dare any of you blame them for not leaving, they couldn't. It was the responsibility of our government to get them out, just as they had planned but failed to do so. You should ashamed of yourselves.
Nagin orders first-ever mandatory evacuation of New Orleans
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin called for a first-ever mandatory evacuation of the city this morning, saying that Hurricane Katrina’s devastating power may well create the sort of cataclysmic damage that residents have long worried that a killer storm could cause in a city that lies mostly below sea level.
Around 112,000 Orleanians do not own cars, according to census data. Nagin urged those people to seek rides with friends, family, neighbors and church members. Those who could not find rides were urged to get to the Superdome as quickly as possible.
Regional Transit Authority buses were scheduled to ferry people to the dome from 12 locations around the city beginning at noon today.
Meantime, to make sure word of the mandatory evacuation gets out, Nagin said that police and fire crews would be driving through neighborhoods Sunday with bullhorns, directing people to leave.
26,000 shelter at Superdome
About 26,000 New Orleans residents sought refuge from Hurricane Katrina at the Superdome, which authorities describe as the "shelter of last resort," Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu said late Sunday. To help keep them fed and hydrated, the Louisiana National Guard delivered three truckloads of water and seven truckloads of MREs — short for "meals ready to eat." That's enough to supply 15,000 people for three days, according to Col. Jay Mayeaux, deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Emergency Preparedness.
Originally posted by darkelf
NOLA was evacuared last year for Ivan and nothing happened. They were evacuated again this year for Dennis and again nothing happened. They were told that this storm would be comparable to Cammile. Those who survived Cammile felt that they could survive Katrina and many chose to stay.