Highlights as of 1 p.m., Sept. 6, 2005, of the federal rescue effort
Highlights as of 1 p.m., Sept. 6, 2005, of the federal rescue effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to information released by the
Department of Homeland Security.
Rescues performed 32,000
People housed in shelters 182,000
FEMA responders 7,000
U.S. Coast Guard personnel 4,000
National Guard personnel 43,000
Active Duty Military 15,000
MREs provided (meals) 11.3 million
Water provided (liters) 18 million
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
I actually pulled this from Breitbart.com (link provided above). The article, by the Associated Press, (or perhaps Breibart), titles the
article...."More Than 182,000 People Rescued"
You will note that only 32,000 rescues were performed! Sloppy...
Next, look at the MRE numbers. Now, I'm not mathematician, so I'd like someone to check my numbers...
Here's the problem:
How could that many MREs really have been provided????
First, let's assume in favor of these statistics that FEMA provided MREs not just to those in shelters but also to the FEMA responders, U.S. Coast
Guard personnel, National Guard personnel, and Active Duty Military.
The total number of individuals is 251,000.
Next, assume 3 MREs per day per person. The number required per day would be 753,000
Ok, now let's take the 11.3 million number above and divide by the 753,000 MREs needed per day and you get 15 DAYS!
Wait a minute!
The storm only made landfall on Monday, August 29th. The statistics provided are through 1 p.m., Sept. 6, 2005. Giving FEMA's
statistics the benefit of full calender days, that is only 9 days! According to the math, is roughly 4.5 million more MREs than should have been
If you take into account that there is no way FEMA can claim to have provided
11.3 million MREs from the day of landfall (they, along with much
of the rest of the personnel cited above, weren't even arguably there until September 1, therefore at best making it only 6 days for the
calculations), the numbers obviously get worse. Additionally, can we really assume that it was required that FEMA provide MREs to all of their own
responders, U.S. Coast Guard personnel, National Guard personnel, and Active Duty Military. I think not.
The math on the water comes out the same.....
If you can't trust the MRE numbers, can you really trust all the others?
This is PURE HOGWASH!!!
[edit on 7-9-2005 by loam]