As I watched coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I grew angrier and angrier. Thousands of people stranded at the New Orleans Convention Center without food or water for days. Exhausted evacuees traveling for hours to Houston only to be turned away. Patients at hospitals waiting and waiting with no sign of help. And we had time to plan for this one. It doesnâ€™t give me much confidence in our governmentâ€™s ability to handle an unexpected disaster â€” such as a terrorist attack.
Tim Naftali of Slate is wondering about the same thing: “How is it possible that with the fourth anniversary of 9/11 almost upon us, the federal government doesnâ€™t have in hand the capability to prepare for and then manage a large urban disaster, natural or man-made?”
Posted by Melissa Cooley
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