Tuesday, September 06, 2005

New Orleans: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

By Nancy Palmstrom, M.S.

Nancy Palmstrom is an aquatic ecologist with 20 years of experience in aquatic resource assessment, restoration, and permitting. Her areas of technical expertise include water resource modeling, ecological risk assessment, discharge permitting and aquatic resource restoration programs.

Beyond the rhetoric, beyond claims of racism, beyond partisan politics, there are a few facts that may help put the speed and effectiveness of the response to Katrina in perspective. After watching the news coverage of the disaster and witnessing the devastation and human suffering, it is easy ask why aren't we doing more? Why can't we help these people?

Many factors are at play in the current events that have unfolded in the last week. Among them are:

*The scale of devastation.

*The level of preparedness of residents.

*What was known about the risks and what was done about it.

*The slow pace of bureaucracy.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. We are all accountable. We should all prepare for disaster (not necessarily with the Red Cross).
We should all be ready and work together as communities, states, diocesans, etc. Animal organizations should be included in the plan also.

Anonymous said...

FEMA and local (and federal) governments are still our leaders who should do all they can to protect us, especially the most vulnerable.