Ike vs. Katrina
September 13, 2008 8 Comments
UPDATE: Readers are encouraged to visit the Red Cross website to learn more about how they can help the survivors of Hurricane Ike. This post has been updated to respect the magnitude of this disaster and the need for Americans to work together to respond to this crisis.
The government response to Hurricane Ike is impressive.
CNN reports on September 13, 2008:
The force of 1,500 people is made up of paramedics, Texas military, heavy equipment and mobile command centers. The force lead by Texas Military Col. John F. Nichols said this is, “the first time that so many agencies have come together to create such a mass strike force.”
The massive deployment of over 700 vehicles traveling to the effected areas will help clear roads, assist anyone injured and rescue those in need. The force is part a larger force of search and rescue members consisting of helicopters and ground search and rescue teams.
hmm… what is different this time? wild speculation after the jump…
UPDATE: We cannot forget the injustices that happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and this video is offered in remembrance of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and with a prayer that history does not repeat itself in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike:
update: The Houston Chronicle reports on September 14, 2008 that FEMA is fucking up the disaster response so badly that there are even first responders that do not have access to food and water:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency came under fire Sunday as emergency workers were left undernourished and dozens of trucks or water and food had yet to be set up at distribution centers around Houston and surrounding communities.
… Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said it was the fault of state officials who handed his department the “unexpected challenge” of having to prepare distribution points in addition to delivering supplies, something the state had committed to doing, he said.
Two local members of Congress from both political parties had a different take.
U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, D-Houston, said he was told before the storm by FEMA officials that there was food and water already staged at the Ellington Air National Guard base.
“Now it’s on the way? That doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said. “I don’t know what happened …The storm’s been over for 30 hours.
update: MSNBC reports on September 15, 2008:
HOUSTON – A humanitarian crisis unfolded Monday along the Texas coast as thousands of Hurricane Ike victims clamored for food, water, electricity and gasoline — and found nothing much to go home to except streets littered with piles of debris, spewing sewage, and floodwaters crawling with snakes and alligators.
In Houston, tensions were rising among more than 1,000 who had spent several nights at the George R. Brown Convention Center because most of the city is still without power. They complained that they couldn’t get information about how to get food and clean clothes.
update: via Reuters on September 15, 2008:
In Galveston, shocked and bewildered residents staggered through the streets as food and water grew scarce. There was little sign of any federal relief efforts.
and taking the prize for the most bizarre statement yet during this crisis:
“I have asked the president and the administration to just treat us as fairly as they treated Louisiana back during Katrina,” said Texas Gov. Rick Perry.