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Looks like the hurricane is heading to the big easy. Just want y'all to know everyone down there and their families are in my prays. Be safe and smart. The little guy is a category 4, not something to take lightly.

 

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Greg

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Edited for gross spelling errors and what not. Sorry I typed this out on my Treo.

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Seaboy4hire my sentiments exactly. New Orleans seems much better prepared now than it was when Katrina hit. Although the ass of a mayor was shamefully reelected there is now a new governor. Bobby Jindal is a whirlwind of activity and seems to have the situation covered as well as possible.

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I'm going to give my Union a call tomorrow and see what or if anything they are going to do to help out. The weather folk are saying that this could be worse then a few yrs ago.

 

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I just checked in with my family members down there and things seem to be going well. I have close family in the northwestern part of the state and cousins in Jefferson Parish. They've stated it's a much better cooridnated process this time around. The governor seems to be all over the place unlike last time. If there's any infighting going on amongst the politicians and agencies it's being dealt with very swiftly.

 

Still....humans being what we are as a species there will no doubt be issues with the evacuation that were unanticipated. However, it appears that lessons have been learned from Katrina for the local, state, and federal government but also for the citizenry at large.

 

Last time one of my idiot realtives insisted on staying through Katrina. This time he's the first one packed up and already moved to Shreveport-Bossier City. He told me this morning he almost died in Katrina because he a) did not believe the hype on the news, b) had ridden out several other hurricanes and they were never as bad as the news made them sound, c) refused to leave his belongings to the mercy of looters. This time around he's not taking any chances....call that a lesson learned for sure.

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Looks like a one-two punch for New Orleans. This is very sad. If indeed the storm comes ashore on the west side of the city this time it will take a major swipe on the side that was less affected by Katrina. Talk about tough luck!

 

Of course we need to pray for the citizens of one of America's most notable and authentic cities. For those like myself that love history and places and things associated with by-gone eras, New Orleans is a treasure. But just as in history, some places do not survive the ages.

 

If New Orleans is dealt another devastating blow, it will be necessary to address the question of whether the city should be rebuilt again (recognizing that the re-building after Katrina has been a hit-and-miss affair at best). Two major storms in 3 years does not bode well for a city so exposed to deadly sea storms. Particularly if climate change means more and deadlier weather for the foreseeable future.

 

It could well be that following Gustav, if it delivers a punch as destructive as Katrina, New Orleans will have to be largely abandoned and its people relocated to friendlier climes. :-(

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RE: Gustav - Some REFUSE to Evacuate

 

Here's an article from the Washington Post on the people who refuse to leave NOLA for this hurricane. I'll never understand this mentalty even though I grew up in Louisiana. As noted above in an earlier post, a cousin who rode out Katrina and nearly died, packed his bags for parts north on Friday.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/31/AR2008083101917.html?hpid=artslot

 

To me this quote sums up the idiocy of many who will choose to hunker down and ride Gustav out: "In my gut I feel this thing is really not as bad a hurricane," he said. "I think this thing has been blown completely out of proportion for the sake of federal and local officials so they can save face for dropping the ball on Katrina."

 

This idiot will be the first to claim the government dropped the ball on Gustav when there will be no emergency responders around to save his ass from the storm surge. But it's a free country as we say so this moron has the right to shelter in place since unlike Cuba we don't forcibly remove people in these circumstances. Perhaps we should but the media would have a field day with that and civil liberty lawsuits would fly.

 

Hopefully these die hards, pun intended, have provided information for their next of kin. I think each of these people should be nominated for a Darwin Award for potentially removing themselves from the gene pool.

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