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the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE ran a story warning residents: If you stay behind during a big storm, you'll be on your own!
Staff writer Bruce Nolan reported some 7 weeks before Katrina: "In scripted appearances being recorded now, officials such as Mayor Ray Nagin, local Red Cross Executive Director Kay Wilkins and City Council President Oliver Thomas drive home the word that the city does not have the resources to move out of harm's way an estimated 134,000 people without transportation."
"In the video, made by the anti-poverty agency Total Community Action, they urge those people to make arrangements now by finding their own ways to leave the city in the event of an evacuation.
"You're responsible for your safety, and you should be responsible for the person next to you," Wilkins said in an interview. "If you have some room to get that person out of town, the Red Cross will have a space for that person outside the area. We can help you."
Originally posted by esdad71
The blame for this goes directly on the shoulders of the Mayor. Ask your local mayor, that is what I did. I asked my father-in-law, a 2 time mayor and has served city councils for over 20 years. He said you have to have a plan in place, and in the end, if the people of your town die no one is responsible except you.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
Many were poor and had no means to leave, but the Mayor had access to hundreds of school buses to help them evacuate, but left them in the lot to be flooded:
Originally posted by Kramthenothing
I blame bush, as much as the mayor could and should have done the president could have dropped water and food to the babys we all saw on tv that couldn't hold their heads up we were dropping supplies in asia within hours not days. Yes the mayor has some fault but more so on the man who had the power to save alot of those people that died waiting on help!
[edit on 6-9-2005 by Kramthenothing]
Originally posted by darkelf
Just out of curiosity, Skippy, what do you think he shoud have done for the 115,000 people in his city who had no transportation? Please be specific, get them out is not specific enough. Where should he have taken them to? Thanks in advance.
Originally posted by skippytjc
If Nagin spent half the energy he has after the storm, preparing before the storm, the effects of this disaster could have been hugely mitigated.
[edit on 6-9-2005 by skippytjc]
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.