As for people saying there was an evacuation order(which the mayor gave not Bush BTW), I am at a loss to understand how shallow these "thinkers" really are. You cannot evacuate millions of people for hundreds of miles on 2 or 3 roads at the drop of a hat. Pull your head out of wherever you are storing it.
the mayor is blameless? for not evacuating the elderly, infirm before the strong? for not preparing shelters adequately for several days of siege? come on! those seem like city preparedness basics to me here in Los Angeles where we knew about disasters too...i am haunted by the hundreds of buses that could have been used Saturday and Sunday to get people out. he should be too.
Strange you would say all that considering there is local comprehensive disaster plan, way ahead of FEMA.
"City of New Orleans Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan" http://www.cityofno.com/SystemModules/PrintPage.aspx?portal=46&tabid=26
>>> "As for people saying there was an evacuation order(which the mayor gave not Bush BTW), I am at a loss to understand how shallow these "thinkers" really are. You cannot evacuate millions of people for hundreds of miles on 2 or 3 roads at the drop of a hat. Pull your head out of wherever you are storing it." <<<
The Mayor did not evacuate N.O. until Bush pleaded for an evacuation, and only then after the Mayor consulted with his lawyers. Only an absolute idiot would wait until the last day to evacuate when a Cat 4 or 5 hurricane is bearing down on you. Only an absolute idiot would leave all those poor, disabled and dangerous inside the city, when he had many hundreds, maybe thousands, of buses at his disposal. As for legal authority, the SE Louisana Hurricane Evacuation and Sheltering Plan clearly states:
"The primary means of hurricane evacuation will be personal vehicles. School and municipal buses, government-owned vehicles and vehicles provided by volunteer agencies may be used to provide transportation for individuals who lack transportation and require assistance in evacuating."
BTW, where are your storing your head?
Did the mayor use the public school buses to evacuate the indigent?
Did the mayor alert FEMA to the fact that thousands of refugees were being sent to an undocumented, insecure refugee center (convention center).
Did the mayor remain in the city working side-by-side with the chief of police, etc to secure provisions and shelter for the refugees?