Originally posted by jibeho
Enlightening perspective!! Studying Katrina and its aftermath is quite interesting when you compare how a large percentage of New Orleans residents
dealt with it vs. those in all of the other areas that were hit just as hard by that storm.
Which 'other areas' do you refer to?
What is your definition of a 'large percentage?'
You could also compare New Orleans to a wide variety of towns that literally get wiped away by tornadoes.
You could compare New Orleans to a lot of towns for infinite reasons.
You could also GO THERE and learn why that's kind of a silly idea...comparing New Orleans to other towns.
You could call it a 'field trip' in the interest of your 'study' of Katrina and her aftermath!
Be sure and actually talk to some people who call NOLA home.
Granted N. O. is larger but one thing is clear, the dependents in N.O. literally froze in their tracks before the storm even struck. They
assumed "someone" was going to take care of them and continued with that notion afterward.
Who are the 'dependents' in NOLA?
Oh! You mean the people who were UNABLE TO AFFORD to evacuate themselves and their valuables at such a late hour?
And many of whom were also UNABLE TO AFFORD to prepare for a storm in the ideal fashion recommended by those that call themselves 'experts' on such
I think your assumptions are a bit...um...presumptive.
I am thinking that most people ASSUMED the levees would hold up...I know, I know...silly thought...but, still...isn't that the assumption that the
whole population of NOLA more or less had lived under all along?
I am also pretty sure that most people ASSUMED that being stranded on the roof of their own totally submerged family home would elicit some sort of
PROMPT rescue...in sufficient numbers of adequately supplied and prepared character such as the US Government has been known to dispatch both to other
devastating acts of nature as well as social unrest and sometimes even just regular old DISSENSION. Of course, the preparedness measures differ in
each case...sometimes you need a life raft and sometimes you need tear gas...but I digress.
Too bad, though, that our country's reserves of that kind of help...not to mention the actual funding that is held for THAT PURPOSE...were being
squandered and otherwise diverted across the ocean in the 'war on terrorism.'
Meanwhile, citizens of NOLA were DEPENDENT on help they are entitled to (YES! entitled!) BY LAW...assumed they would be taken care of. Not because
they are dependent or because they are any different than you or I or anyone else...but simply because they are AMERICAN citizens.
In other areas hit by Katrina or in communities leveled by Tornadoes or even other hurricanes along the East Coast the communities actually
rally and join together. Neighbors help neighbors, businesses help their neighbors and local communities reach out without ever being asked to do
so. They rebuild and recover under their own will to succeed and thrive. What a difference...
Like I said...you really ought to actually visit New Orleans.
I can't wait to go back, myself.
I had never been there before Katrina, so I don't know how it was before she hit...but the sense of community in NOLA now is amazing...no where else
I have ever been has even been close to it.
Most damage in N.O. was caused by flooding a common occurrence in many areas I know along the Missouri River and those cities always seem to
be ok afterward without the need for a national call for political and civil outrage. No wasted energy on playing the blame game. Just energy spent
on recovering and moving on only to prepare for the next potential flood....
Storm surges in hurricanes are not 'common occurrence' floods. They do not happen along the Missouri River like they do along the Gulf Coast...it is
the ocean violently invading the land...it is an assault...but unlike floods, most of the time storm surges come in, wreak havoc...and leave...like
very small tsunamis. Katrina's surges came in and did not leave. This in no way was a common or expected occurrence and it was not handled in a way
that anyone should consider acceptable at all...the idea that the sense of injustice and abandonment felt by the people waiting on their roofs or in
the Superdome or even in dry quarters of family, friends, or motels, in nearby areas was 'playing the blame game' is an appalling misconception that
I can only assume is based upon a preference of 'studying' situations over empathizing or even just attempting to understand people in those
I hate to make assumptions but your post is full of them, so I figured...eh...why not?
I assume you understand I mean nothing personal by pointing out your...um...erroneous assumptions.
I just know different and I know not from study but from going to see for myself. I really learned A LOT.