Skip to comments.Katrina was a 5, Sandy was a 1 = FEMA not remotely close to handling a big hurrican
Posted on 11/03/2012 4:26:34 AM PDT by Bulwinkle
I've seen an estimate that there is/was up to 300 million gallons of water in NY subway system.
Katrina? "The unwatering team successfully removed 250 billion gallons of water from Orleans, St. Bernard and Jefferson parishes after Katrina " http://www.nola.com/hurricane/index.ssf/2012/10/new_orleans_corps_employees_jo.html
Sandy, though wide, was not Katrina... FEMA ain't close to handling a large storm.
I think that’s misleading, because the surge far exceeded what would be expected from a typical category 1 hurricane/storm. That’s what all the hype was about.
They told Brian Kilmeade of Fox and Friends they couldn’t come out his way because they didn’t have gas for their trucks.
Actually, Katrina was a Cat 3 storm when it came on shore in MS. LA would not have sustained such horrific damage had the levees been in good repair. The government had given billions to do just that, however the money was used for things such as building highways to the new casinos on the shore. No one ever checked to see what the money was being spent on. THat is government in a nut shell.
And no, FEMA cannot handle a big disaster, period. Take care of yourself and your family, and join a church with caring people. NEVER depend on government.
It will be after the elections before we see the real extent of the damage and the lack of FEMA response to the disaster.
The MSM has a bit of a dilemma - they love the Sandy stories because it helps give them enough cover to keep Benghazi off the front page, but they don't like reporting on another replacement story that makes Obama look like a fool.
FEMA is a joke and massive waste of money.
Time for people to get to know their neighbors and draw up some plans on how to take care of each other like Americans used to do.
Really, there’s absolutely no excuse for people to be digging through dumpsters and begging for water four and five days after what happened in the northeast. Emergency vehicles from the National Guard should be able to make it to virutally any neighborhood. If FEMA had been doing its job those people should have had water and military meals (MREs) in their hands the day after the storm hit.
Government run anything is a problem. Affirmative action appointments as well as diversity is more important than getting the most qualified in positions to adequately run anything. The system is so big the paperwork and red tape and knuckledragging and waste is enormous and notorious. How hard is it for the president to order c30 transports, fill them up, tell the governor in the state to have trailer trucks at the ready at the airport for load up and delivery while the red cross and others set up relief stations throughout the state.
...”LA would not have sustained such horrific damage had the levees been in good repair”....
The levees didn’t fail. Concrete floodwalls in two canals, one from the Mississippi River, the other from Lake Ponchartrain, were overtopped by storm surge and broke. There is a vast misconception that the levees failed.
I love it, The Katrina Beer Guy.......LOL.
Lets not forget that FEMA is now under the umbrella of Homeland Security which twists the mission of FEMA anyway.
I suspect most rural people feel the same way I do about natural disasters. Get the roads clear and get the power on, we’ll take care of the rest.
FEMA is for planing government response and the comptroller for federal assistance during a disaster. FEMA is not a first response organization and does not have equipment (they rent equipment or use the military) or manpower (less than 3000 personnel across the nation)to conduct operations. They rely on a tier system for response starting at with local level then state and then federal help in a disaster. they can help pay and order items but it the infrastructure must be built to provide needs to the people. I think that the the upper Atlantic and New England coastal states did not plan or did plan but did not have the money to afford to mitigate the affects of a storm like this. Lack if imagination on leadership. As usual it takes a disaster you live through to prepare for future ones.
However: NYC has always worried about flooding of the tunnels but why is there not infrastructure to pump the underground out?
FYI: I do not work for FEMA.
Katrina = FEMA failures = Bush’s fault
Sandy = FEMA failures = global warming
but at least obama looks “presidential”
* And in the surrounding areas of southern Mississippi and Alabama, the roads that ran through the country side were largely dirt roads.*
No they weren’t. It’s that Katrina washed the roads and bridges away. Paved roads and bridges.
“Actually, Katrina was a Cat 3 storm when it came on shore in MS. “
I agree. Katrina was a “disaster” primarily because of the
the total incompetence of the mayor and his local government.
IIRC, the French Quarter stayed in business.
No disrespect to any FReepers that lost property there.
The Gulf Coast has had many hurricanes in my lifetime that
caused enormous damage.
How many crybabies are still living in Katrina FEMA trailers?
Katrina's most devastating impact -- at least in New Orleans -- had nothing to do with wind or a storm surge. It was rainfall that inundated New Orleans, which explains why the city became a disaster zone long after the storm had passed. New Orleans was flooded by rain that fell far to the north in places like nothern Lousiana and Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, etc. -- and then drained down the Mississippi River over the course of several days.
Sandys lesson is right before your eyes just as it was with Katrina; You either prepare and stand on your own or you can depend or a bunch of self-serving politicos, third class bureaucratic and chance to provide your basic needs.
Me I dont want to be beholden to anyone for providing what is needed for me and mine. I certainly dont want to have to kiss some gubberment third class bureaucratic to try and coax some help from them, I dont want some jack booted thug herding me in line and telling me where to stand, sit, eat or sleep. And last but not least I dont want to be shut up in with a bunch of zombies and have to worry about not only trying to get basic necessities but having to fight to keep what I manage to get.
Its your choice you can prep or you can stand around on a bridge waiting for FEMA to bring you a bottle of water, a MRE, a warm blanket and a kiss for your boo-boo. Maybe while you stand there you will get a chance to a prop in some politicos photo op and even get your picture on the national news.
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As the LDS say When the emergency is upon us the time for preparedness has past.
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NO SMSA 1,235,650 people
NY SMSA 22,085,649 people
NO SMSA 3,755.2 sq. mi.
NY SMSA 11,842 sq mi
Just Manhattan by itself has 1,601,948 population.
You could send the Louisiana National Guard to The City and they could stand on corners all day long and do what?
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