President Bush is ongoing in his present-moment speech from the ground in Mobile, Alabama before returning to New Orleans; and, I appreciate it, as one lone citizen here, that he’s hearing — and publicly — the requests and of rescue efforts and representatives from organizations otherwise…
And to hear him emphasize that “law and order” is necessary and his intentions to see it returned to New Orleans. Looting and lack of law and order has been witnessed elsewhere but the degradation of humanity in New Orleans — the barbaric behaviors described and anarchy seen — has rendered many of us speechless, wordless, otherwise horrified.
Food and transportation out of New Orleans has arrived, finally but it’s there now so best to get on with things.
Rebuilding New Orleans as and where it’s previously been is, to my view, the height of insanity, not to mention excessive fiscal mismanagement. President Bush indicated in his speech just moments ago that he foresees New Orleans rebuilt, as with also the entire Gulf Coast, but what I hope he intends is new building, not rebuilding. The City of New Orleans as it’s been known should now be left to memories and future tours of the antiquated past — and what our future should have is a second City of New Orleans built on sensible, original terms.
At long last, however, rescue is now underway for those remaining. The shelter and temporary housing situation is a serious challenge and the anticipated, resulting infections and complications from the toxic sewer that New Orleans degenerated into is increasingly becoming apparent or soon will be. I just heard a spokesman for the CDC on FOX News saying that no disease outbreaks were known to them as of this date from New Orleans but I think that statement reinforces the poor communications available more than it reports on real conditions.
However, the anarchy from New Orleans — murders, looting, vandalism, assaults, total degradation of behavior far past anything tolerable by our civilization — has to come to an end and quickly.
My thoughts this morning are to encourage myself and everyone else to recognize that disasters are going to continue to happen and that every individual has to be prepared to fend for themselves. Prepare and don’t anticipate rescue, that’s the big lesson here. That way, helps and rescue is even more appreciated when/as/if it occurs but at least there’s a plan otherwise.
My heroes so far in this atrocity is our United States Coast Guard — hearing, particularly, among all the human and infrastrucral emergency conditions they have had to contend with and continue to, the kindly Coast Guard fellow included mention to President Bush moments ago that they were rescuing pets when and as they were able. My heroes.
The U.S. Coast Guard website from our Department of Homeland Security has many resources available for all areas of this apocolyptic disaster to our nation.