Skip to comments.Police are called upon for help as hurricane victims grow angry
Posted on 11/12/2005 7:24:05 AM PST by Voteamerica
As desperation climbs and confusion spreads in the drawn-out aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, crowds encircling relief trucks and threatening its workers have forced police to escort supply vans out of hard-hit neighborhoods.
For three straight days, Red Cross relief vans trying to visit victims of Hurricane Wilma have been confronted by unruly crowds.
On Wednesday, an angry crowd surrounded a relief truck entering a neighborhood in Sunrise until police cars escorted volunteers out. The same scene played out in Pompano Beach the next day.
The aggressive encounters have forced Red Cross officials to change the way they distribute aid. They will avoid neighborhoods open to the public and, instead, focus on apartment complexes, mobile home parks and neighborhoods with few entrances, where the flow of those needing aid can be controlled.
However, in Pompano Beach leaders fear desperation will keep vital help from entering their city.
"It's ridiculous to bite the hand that's feeding you," said Mayor John Rayson. "I hope that people wise up; otherwise, we're going to really be chaotic."
The Sheriff's Office, which dispersed frustrated residents Thursday at the Red Cross shelter in Hollywood's McNicol Middle School, blamed the growing tension on rumors that can quickly spread within a community.
"The problem with all of this is just bad information," said Jim Ledjedal, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. "People are frustrated. People are looking for something and they're getting turned away, and that's frustrating. We're telling people to rely on official sources and not listen to rumors."
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What's interesting is that Floridians never acted like that before the "poor black" of NOLA did that on TV for all to see.
Now suddenly Floridians are going to get a whiny mob mentality? What's up with that? Are they trying to make Governor Jeb Bush look bad?? Otherwise what is their agenda?
That depends. Do you know if there are stores open where they can get what they need? Or are stores wiped out by the hurricane too?
I'm not going to judge these people as the article gave little info on the circumstances.
Exactly. Its easy to judge from the comfort of ones non hurricane devastated armachair.
And hey, Wilma happened a good long time ago. Its time the relief agencies were able to get some sort of an act together!
You sure don't hear as much about Wilma, Rita, or the NE US floods like you do Katrina.... libs couldn't blame those on Bush!
Well, I have been trough MANY hurricanes and floods on the Texas Gulf Coast and we NEVER called FEMA or expected handouts. You always have plenty of time to acquire candles, sterno, gas stoves, flashlights, canned food, water, etc. BEFORE the storm. If it looked like the hurricane would slam into your area, you evacuated, long bumper to bumper traffic jam, worst one I was in, 1983. Hurr. Alicia. Can't blame Bush for that one!
It is miserable living in Texas in August with no AC. When you think about it, no elec. fans, no ice machine, etc. Neighbors took turns going to 7-11 type stores for ice. We took care of ourselves. We cleaned up our own yards of limbs and debris. We helped our neighbors. Not once did we chant....
"We need help"
"It's the president's fault"
"GIMME GIMME GIMME"
Never blamed the government. We knew the score, living in hurricane alley.
Now we are in Southern Cal. and we already bought a bunch of bottled water - earthquake kit supplies! "My momma didn't raise no fool!" old saying.
And I say SHOOT LOOTERS~
"Do you know if there are stores open where they can get what they need? Or are stores wiped out by the hurricane too?"
It doesn't matter.....it was a money giveaway.....not food.....I read the full article...
(snip) She smiled because DCF gave her $601 after an hour wait. It won't cover the $1,500 of lost wages over a two-week period. But she said she was satisfied.
taking note from the french yutes?
When I lived there, I hung a crescent wrench by the gas meter for a quick shutoff in case the lines inside the house ruptured.
I told my neighbor about it but he declined - "I am insured for fire but not for quakes." Rumors from the last quake told of some homeowners torching their wreckage as they had the same coverage/lack thereof.
Are people back to work? Are stores and banks open? Do you know the situation there?
I remember the presses hysteria over Katrina. What makes you think they have it correct in this case? There's too little info.
Sounds like a job for Farrakhan and Jesse, then, yes?
In Florida they can bash 2 Bushes instead of just one!
There were very contradictory statements in the article too.
Still, while those in need flowed peacefully
Red Cross relief vans trying to visit victims of Hurricane Wilma have been confronted by unruly crowds.
So which is it?
It's too little info and sounds like a whole lot of agenda.
Thanks to the great nanny welfare state we have become a nation of wimpy arsed helpless whiners. Where oh where has the real America gone, to hell in a liberal socialist handcart methinks.
Wife and I were in Sam's Club the other day, saw a 50 pound bag of rice for 20 bucks and 50 pounds of pinto beans for a few dollars more. When growing up dirt poor in the hard scrabble south of 30's and 40's, this would have fed five siblings and I for a month, and we would have been damned glad to have gotten it.
If anyone goes hungry in America today, they are not really hungry, they are just too damned lazy to prepare and eat less than fast food junk.
"...not enough info to judge what's going on.....&......sounds like a whole lot of agenda."
which is it?
I say the latter. Bashing 2 Bushes in one state is too irresistable for some.
I think it's both. They left out important info in order to push their agenda. ;)
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