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Originally posted by roadgravel
reply to post by Valhall
I have to agree. There is a reasonable solution but it seems the city in control isn't going to look for it as it is easier to just throw up hands and say 'no can do'.
It is said the officials are working on another plan. Stall another another week or two and it will solve itself. Wonder if the residents are rethinking their vote for the city officials.
The American Red Cross would be overwhelmed by a natural catastrophe or terrorist attack in key U.S. cities, a government survey says. The Red Cross and other disaster relief charities aren't prepared to meet projected mass casualty needs from a major disaster in such cities as Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Miami, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said in a study released Thursday. The non-profit organizations have federal responsibilities for assisting the government in feeding and sheltering victims. The report further criticized the Federal Emergency Management Agency for not clearly explaining the roles each should play in a disaster, The Washington Post reported. While spending about $80 million upgrading its equipment, the Red Cross, the nation's largest disaster relief organization, plunged into debt to provide aid after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. In an unusual step, it asked the U.S. Congress for $150 million in emergency funding.
The Robert E. Shope Laboratory is located in the Keiller Building on the sprawling University of Texas Medical Branch campus in Galveston. The basement of the Keiller Building flooded during the storm, but UTMB reports there was no loss of biocontainment or biosecurity. All labs were decontaminated and secured prior to the storm, with all infectious agents stored in proper containers, according to UTMB. However, UTMB's statement contradicts claims by state and federal officials that the lab's pathogens were destroyed before Ike hit. For example, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's spokesperson told CNN that the lab's pathogens were purposely destroyed before the staff evacuated the facility. Officials with the Department of Homeland Security also told the network dangerous materials were destroyed. CNN reported on questions about the pathogen destruction claims raised by an unnamed former UTMB student who worked at the lab. She said she would be surprised if all of the pathogens had been destroyed, since some of them are rare and very valuable -- though she did note that the lab was designed to withstand hurricanes:
But there have been security problems at the Shope lab before. In January of this year, for example, the lab was temporarily shut down after an internal security door failed twice. The door was in a lab holding mice that had been exposed to the deadly and highly contagious bird flu virus.
Texas A&M University failed to report in a timely manner to Federal authorities that a biology student was stricken with the dangerous brucella pathogen in its College Station laboratory for bioweapons agent research on February 9th of 2006. The university made its disclosure this April 10th, 14 months later, and only after insistent prodding by the Sunshine Project, an Austin, Tex.-based arms control watchdog organization. Under Federal law, such incidents are supposed to be reported within seven days to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. The student, thought to be a woman, was seriously ill for several months with brucellosis but recovered. The disease is believed to kill between two to three percent of those it infects. The student, whose name and gender has not been disclosed by Texas A&M to Sunshine, apparently came down with the disease, also known as undulant fever, attempting to clean what is called a Madison Aerosol Chamber(MAC) where mice had been exposed to aerosolized brucella particles. The accident occurred in a lab under the supervision of Texas A&M professor David McMurray, inventor of the (MAC). According to Sunshine, the case of the stricken student is the third report of a serious illness in connection with the chamber’s use. On one occasion, a leaky aerosol chamber was responsible for three tuberculosis infections in a Seattle lab in 2004.
The work of the Texas universities, like that of approximately 400 other Federally-funded labs across the nation, may involve pathogens that could possibly be used for offensive germ warfare, banned by the 1972 Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention(BTWC), which the U.S. signed. It prohibits “development, production, stockpiling, and use of microbes or their poisonous byproducts except in amounts necessary for protective and peaceful research.” According to Professor Francis A. Boyle, an international legal expert at the University of Illinois at Champaign, “Aerosolization and an aerosol chamber are a classic tip-off for the prohibited research, development and testing of an offensive biological weapon in violation of the (BTWC) and its U.S. domestic implementing legislation, the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, which provides for life in prison.” Boyle wrote the 1989 Act, passed unanimously by both Houses of Congress. He is also author of “Biowarfare and Terrorism,” published by Clarity Press.
Many Madison chambers are used for tuberculosis studies; but others are used for biodefense. In December 2003, the Madison chamber was presented at a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) biodefense workshop. Biodefense use includes: At Texas A&M University, scientists are using it to aerosolize brucella and Q fever. At the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, it is used by an anthrax researcher funded by the Department of Defense and NIAID.
Originally posted by Valhall
Yeah, it appears it's at the UTMB facility near the Strand (which flooded by up to 9 feet and is sitting at about 4 feet floodwaters right now). I wouldn't THINK that would have anything to do with the lack of coverage on the west end.
But it's scary to find out they would put such a lab on a barrier island...wowzer, we have some real intellectual-midgets making decisions in this country.
Originally posted by darkelf
My nephew is in the Coast Guard and his unit was sent to Galveston last week-end. They did a few fly-overs and he said they saw no bodies. I know my nephew well enough to know that if he saw bodies, he would have told us so. His unit was sent back because they have too many S&R teams there. This is why they made a no fly zone due to the large number of S&R teams in the area.
His opinion is bodies may have been washed out into the gulf. I think they may start finding bodies when they start moving debris. I still think they should have let reporters go in by boat.
Originally posted by kerontehe
We will not go away.
I have written 4 US Senators, 6 US Representatives; the DHS; FEMA and I have received exactly SQUAT as an answer.
Sneaky Pete - out.