I’ve been wanting to write about Hurricane Katrina for a few days now, but honestly, I didn’t know what to say. It’s quite simply a once in a lifetime event. Watching the news, looking at the pictures, and reading blogs and articles about the disaster have been heartbreaking.
I can’t believe in our country, this is happening. I have heard a lot of criticism of the federal government, and I just had a few thoughts.
People are criticizing the speed in which aid is being delivered. Yes, it has taken a few days to provide some relief, but we have to remember a few things. America has never dealt with a natural disaster of this magnitude. We have the means to provide help – but there has to be a plan in place, otherwise you’ll have a bunch of people completely disorganized. We also have to remember that the worst of Katrina didn’t really begin until Tuesday afternoon, when the Leve’s broke. This means that the government and military actually got their stuff organized and got supplies together in approximately 36 hours. I’d like to see other countries mobilize in that amount of time. It might seem slow, but put into perspective the logistics they had to go thru. Coordinating troops, vehicles, food, water, etc…that’s a big job.
Obviously all of America wants to see immediete results, but with a disaster on this scale – we have to have patience.
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