rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,
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The director of FEMA and his ilk are making excuses about their inability to foresee that so many people in New Orleans would fail to leave the city in a hurricane emergency. Brown is even saying that victims share the blame for their plight. Apparently, Mr. Brown didn't bother to look at the conclusions drawn from his own agency's "Hurricane Pam" exercise, discussed in this post at Unqualified Offerings. An LSU Hurricane Center report on the exercise includes this:
"From the simulation, officials estimate that a storm like Hurricane Pam would... cause flooding that would leave 300,000 people trapped in New Orleans, many of whom would not have private transportation for evacuation...."

Brown is a very inattentive man, it seems. His agency finds that an evacuation of the city is apt to leave 300,000 citizens behind, but when a real disaster strikes and many citizens are left behind when the city is evacuated, he is surprised. This guy has to be one of the all-time champion bureaucratic bunglers. That he has joined the chorus of those who are passing the buck to the victims makes him one of the most repugnant, as well.
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