Interesting article in the New York Times today:
Hurricane season is fast approaching and the Times had the following quote,
"Emergency management officials groaned this month at a poll by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc., which found that of 1,100 adults along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, 83 percent had taken no steps to fortify their homes this year, 68 percent had no hurricane survival kits and 60 percent had no family disaster plan."
The article went on to interview several coastal residents,
"I don't pay these things a whole lot of mind," said Mr. Austin, 69, a native of the Outer Banks. "Because they say so doesn't mean it's going to happen that way."
In Galveston, Tex., Keith Patterson, a resident there for 30 years, dismissed the urgency of a hurricane survival kit on Thursday. No use worrying about a hurricane until it is near, he said.
"When one is coming, I'll make preparations," said Mr. Patterson, 68, a retired purchasing clerk. "I'll get what I have to get then."Dan wrote a lot about Katrina but from the above quotes, are people as stupid as ever???
These will be same people who will be complaining that Federal Government didn't
do enough for them. They will be complaining that President Bush didn't do this or that. These will be same people asking for billions of dollars in handouts when their homes and businesses are destroyed. Last year, I felt sorry for these people.
Not this year. And I'm glad state government officials are basically telling people.
"You're responsible for saving your lives and properties, not us. If we tell you to
evacuate, evacuate." Its one thing for the Government to come in after a disaster and execute a well coordinated recovery plan. Its another thing to waste resource after resource for knuclkeheads who think they can ride out a storm.
I can go on and on about this but it just makes me madder. Here's hoping that some of these people have big thumbs to plug up the leaks in the levees.