reply posted on 16-3-2006 @ 06:06 PM by BJonesLHS
I now see your point after an explaination, Zero. Since you're demanding an answer relating to this subject, I will give you my speil about what
might've happened, and what was FEMA's role in this since I am a former worker in the government that dealt with FEMA:
I profoundly doubt that this government within these United States have control over mother nature itself, and the direction in which a single
hurricane can strike a major city such as New Orleans. It's equivalent to saying the United States controls the rotation of the Earth, as well as the
time when the sun rises and sets; there is just no way! And for those who think that this government can cause hurricanes to form, and can control
them, then why would we destroy such of a major city such as New Orleans that is part of our own territory? Well, why not the District of Columbia?
Why not New York City, where they say "everything" happens? Why not in the Republic of Iraq or in Afghanistan where we are fighting a major war day
by day? It is just not feasible for a government to have the control over nature and the way it operates.
We try our best using sophisticated meteorologists to determine and predict what the weather will be for up to ten days, and keep you updated on what
the weather will 'possibly' be in the next week, etc. There is no gurantee that whatever a meteorologist predicts that it will be permanent and
accurate. Nature changes just like the days of the week do, and so an overcast can happen upon a meteorologist's prediction. Therefore, a single
person has no 100% assurance that the weather will be what they predict. It's just how the world works. But in this situation, citizens were given a
fair warning that this storm was coming, and the strength of it was rising, which had given those citizens ample time to get out of the warning zone,
and head for shelter. But as always, you will have a few eggs that do not hatch, and will tend to stay in a home and think they can ride it out, which
proved beyond ignorance and insanity on their part.
As for FEMA, let me educate some of you what FEMA is as well as their role in a disastrous situation: It is the Federal Emergency Management Agency,
and it is a government agency in the United States which is now organized under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Emergency
Preparedness and Response Directorate. Mainly, FEMA responds to any disaster that occurs in the United States that is declared a federal disaster area
by the President. It coordinates the work of federal, state, and local agencies in responding to floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural
disasters. It also provides financial assistance to individuals and governments to rebuild homes, businesses, and public facilities; trains
firefighters and emergency medical professionals; and funds emergency preparedness throughout the United States and its territories. Now when you talk
about FEMA's power, what do you mean their power, and how far it was able to go in controlling the situation? They are required by law to step in
once a disaster of any sort, and any magnitude occurs anywhere within the borders of the United States. The only power they have is what I have
mentioned above, and that is to provide financial assistance to those effected by the storm. It even goes deeper than that; they also have an
emergency response group that is based on small, decentralized teams located in certain areas whose role is to specialize and conduct medical care,
search and rescue, and communications. They are strictly supportive-based groups in the aftermath of a disaster. That's the only power they have
during this situation.
I undertsand those who talk about Global Warming, and how it can 'possibly' effect the United States in years to come, but again, a prediction from
one or two sources may not be the actual event that will happen. Global Warming may have something to do with large hurricanes in the Gulf area,
increased temperature in the glacier zones, and warmer currents, but the point of it is, we just have to remain prepared and perform certain decisions
that will best benefit yourself prior to a disastrous situation. What is your view now, Zero?