Originally posted by deerhart
As for why people weren't evacuated out of town by buses before the storm hit.. that blame rests solely on LA and New Orleans as they are the only ones who had the power to (or ability) to proivde that kind of transportation on short notice. The state or city did not take the threat of the storm serious enough beleiving that the residents would be safe in the shelters etc.. People can scream and yell at the feds all they want, but they also need to take a good long hard look at how the state and city government handled the situation as well. Questions like why were policemen still in their homes when the storm hit and not at shelters, why wasn't the national guard activated and moving prior to the storm hitting, why didn't the city have any contigency plan for if things went wrong?
Erin, I doubt the fed and state gov't watch the Weather Channel to find out whether a major hurricane is going to hit, but I had talked to many many people that said they weren't going to leave b/c everytime a hurricane comes through, the Weather Channel, CNN, Fox all make it sound like it's the deadliest thing to hit the South. So, they miss work, rent hotel rooms, worry theirselves sick, then find out that it's nothing more than a thunderstorm. People just start staying home, b/c they're tired of news programs just trying to get viewers when it's not that big of a deal. Anyway, I just wanted to point that out, since I had been told that quite a few times.
As far as the Hyatt, wasn't it a direct order from Naigin to get them out of there before the people in the Superdome?
Speaking of looters, I saw a family that was told by the cops to get out of a car that they had stolen. They had a baby with them and got tired of waiting for a bus, so they tried to get out of town with a car. Even that, I don't see anything wrong with, they were only trying to save themselves. There was also a story of a young man who stole a school bus and picked up about 80 evacuees, then drove everyone to the Astrodome. To me, both of these are understandable.