Thanks for the reply and clarification–I whole-heartedly agree that the type of coordination you describe would be very helpful in any emergency.
Please understand my “sensitivity” about the “digs” at NOLA and its citizens in these discussions–what you think happened in NOLA, necessarily based almost entirely on MSM reports, suggests a far worse outcome than was the case. While a few NoPD officers lost it, most held on and fought back the night and the tides. They saved hundreds if not thousands with personal and commandeered boats. Same for the local National Guard units (brother of one of my best friends was the CO–SF, good attorney and real hero). They saved and secured bunches of people who didn’t deserve the quality of attention they got. The vast majority of residents evac’d on their own a day or more before. I drove out after securing my house and packing the rest of the guns (that didn’t go with the wife and sons earlier), family bibles, and pets just as the wind and rain started to pick up Sun. night before. People who stayed, in areas that weren’t completely under water after the storm passed, formed ad hoc groups for security, to forage for food, and in some instances, to conduct rescue ops. They didn’t really need gummint organization, there wasn’t any electronic communication to speak of (that infrastructure was almost completely destroyed –that’s a Cat 5 for you).
Some ate well out of some very high-end meat lockers for as long as stuff would last without power–then they went to organized evac areas and headed out, too. That’s the real story that only gets a few frames of Spike Lee’s movie or seconds on Anderson Cooper–and their stuff was better than most.
Only those few (and it’s a few too many, for sure) who have always and always will whine for others to take care of their every need and even fewer decent folk who just got caught up in that crowd got all the news coverage. As usual for the MSM, good news ain’t news.
I certainly hope Sydney and NSW is able to recover better than NOLA, but I want it clearly understood that many, many of the people in and around NOLA responded and continue to respond bravely to an utterly overwhelming catastrophe, just as the fine folks of NSW have done. We are trying to get rid of idiots like Nagin, Blanco, Chertoff, Brown, and Shrub. You all see how difficult that can be on a national level and in your own communities. Would that we could get elected officials like Col. Beron and Gen. Honore and the men and women with sense to evac and the grit to come back and rebuild intelligently and to demand that government at all levels, including the Corps of Engineers, do their real jobs, not charity or political work.
We’ll be thinking of the Aussies’ working through their tough winter, while we warily weather our long summer hurricane season again. God bless the good guys, where ever they are!]]>