karl_lembke (karl_lembke) wrote,
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Some Katrina reading

I'm off to do some fieldwork today, but before I go, here's something for your consideration:

The federal response to Katrina was not as portrayed

It is settled wisdom among journalists that the federal response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina was unconscionably slow.


But the conventional wisdom is the opposite of the truth.

Jason van Steenwyk is a Florida Army National Guardsman who has been mobilized six times for hurricane relief. He notes that:

"The federal government pretty much met its standard time lines, but the volume of support provided during the 72-96 hour was unprecedented. The federal response here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew, faster than Iniki, faster than Francine and Jeanne."


Though, I suppose, if your standard is absolute Godlike perfection, the Federal response still sucks big time.
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