Originally posted by Essan
What's the point in this thread other than to get more ATS points?
Originally posted by Valhall
I'm assuming you have a lot of black friends and hispanic friends as well so that you can be obnoxious on topics about race, right?
Originally posted by Essan
What's FEMA got to do with it? FEMA is a federal back-up for the normal State emergency response services etc.
As I see it the problem is that news coverage isn't giving pictures of a specific area that you personally want to see? Is that a conspiracy?
Currently, Galveston does not have phone service. Cell phone service should be restored sometime today.
(CNN) -- Workers at a Galveston, Texas, laboratory said to contain dangerous biological agents secured the pathogens Friday ahead of Hurricane Ike, officials said.
A patient at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is helped from the building Thursday.
The pathogens, which include the deadly ebola virus, were purposely destroyed before the staff left the facility in advance of the hurricane, said Gov. Rick Perry's spokesman, Andrew Barlow
A Department of Homeland Security official concurred that all the samples had been destroyed, and the building was locked down, quarantined and "rendered safe."
But a former student who worked at the Level-III laboratory while the Level-IV facility was being constructed and who knows the manager, said she would be surprised if all of the pathogens had been destroyed, since some of them are rare and extremely valuable.
The lab is one of the country's five biosafety labs that are Level-IV, the highest level. Such laboratories typically handle pathogens like smallpox, tularemia and anthrax to develop vaccines and antidotes.
Originally posted by TrueAvatar
If they were really wanting to "seal off" Galveston Island, they would have closed the 2 causeway bridges that provides access to Gavelston Island from the Texas Mainland as well as the bolivar ferry. Other than swimming these three routes are the only way to get on the island.
Charles Rock anxiously waited for news from emergency workers about two elderly friends who wouldn’t leave their Hollywood neighborhood home on the west side of Galveston.
But this story has a happy ending. Around 3:45 p.m., about a half-dozen game wardens, accompanied by medical personnel, brought Jack and his friends safely from the Hollywood neighborhood in a boat.
At times it appeared that Galveston island had been returned to the sea. By air and boat, rescue operations like the one that rescued Rock’s two friends began in earnest this afternoon after Hurricane Ike pounded the Texas coast overnight and into the morning.
About 40 percent of Galveston’s residents did not heed the call to evacuate, and city officials and first responders were helpless to respond to the hundreds of calls placed when Ike’s fury was the strongest.
With helicopters hovering above the flood-ravaged island, the Galveston Beach patrol pulled Victor Huerta and Cecilia Rivera out of their home in West Galveston, where flooding was the worst.