This is a portion of a post by a respected member of Firehouse forums:
"Unbelievable....airliner after airliner and C-130 after C-130 arriving only minutes apart all day long packed with refugees, many sick/injured and non-ambulatory. These poor folks have nothing, and I mean NOTHING. They show up with only 1 shoe or in bare feet, with tattered rags for clothes. They haven't eaten in days, much less showered. The babies are in dirty diapers. The elderly have no medication. It's just very very sad."
My question is how did things get this bad? I don't have any experience in major emergency management but it doesn't seem like this whole N.O. situation could have gone any worse. At some point I will probalbly be asked by some of the kids I counsel at a Juvenile Detention Center why this had to happen this way and I'm not really sure what to say. I am not trying to find someone to blame, just wanting to know how things got this bad or what was not done that should have been. Is it as simple as the people did not heed the warnings? What about the seemingly late rescue efforts? Lack of police presence? Slow relief efforts? What went SO WRONG?
Any and all opinions welcomed.