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    Friday, September 02, 2005

    State of Emergency

    The continuous flow of depressing news from New Orleans is a stark wake-up call to California, and the rest of the country, over the current state of preparedness for disasters--natural and otherwise.

    What would happen if a major earthquake were to hit the Bay Area or Los Angeles? What about a breach in the Folsom Dam, which some have said would bury Sacramento in water? What about a broken levee in the Delta region? Or worse, what of a terror attack that could reek a similar level of havoc?

    So just how prepared is the Golden State for such events? Mums the word.

    Comments on "State of Emergency"


    Blogger kettle black said ... (3:41 PM) : 

    We have a pretty good idea what would happen here. We only need to review what occurred during the Rodney King riots and what is currently going on now in New Orleans.

    It seems that once utilities fail, the population turns into a lawless mob.

    Under these circumstances, those opposed to private ownership of firearms quickly change their minds.


    Blogger Inspector Clouseau said ... (4:42 PM) : 

    Personally, I think that Louisiana's ill-preparedness for this type of disaster is maddening. Especially given the susceptibility of New Orleans to a levee break, flooding etc.

    The local agencies in and around New Orleans should really hang their heads.


    Blogger kettle black said ... (10:26 PM) : 

    At this point, I am not going to lay any blame on anyone. The scope of this disaster is probably the largest in the history of the US.

    Despite what we might like to think, there probably was no way to evacuate all of the people. Do you think San Francisco could do any better? Probably not.

    The sheer numbers of people just could not be moved in that period of time. And then, there will always be those that choose to remain. How many weeks of sweeping house to house to force them to leave?

    On the other hand, I personally DO NOT BELIEVE that it is the government's job (nor do they have any duty) to babysit citizens.

    They were told to evacuate, and they didn't. I am sick and tired of those people who feel it is the government's job to raise and coddle us from cradle to grave.

    If they can offer assistance or guidance, fine. But only a fool or an idiot would rely on the government to come to their aid for everything.

    Have we become a nation of welfare recipients? I hope not.

    PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Let's start taking responsibility for ourselves and stop this reliance on the government that started with the cursed "New Deal."


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