Sunday, September 04, 2005

At Least Chicago is Trying

Say what you will about the embattled Mayor Daley, at least he's willing to send much more aid to the Hurricane Katrina aftermath than what the "geniuses" at FEMA have accpeted thus far.

Daley said the city offered 36 members of the firefighters' technical rescue teams, eight emergency medical technicians, search-and-rescue equipment, more than 100 police officers as well as police vehicles and two boats, 29 clinical and 117 non-clinical health workers, a mobile clinic and eight trained personnel, 140 Streets and Sanitation workers and 29 trucks, plus other supplies. City personnel are willing to operate self-sufficiently and would not depend on local authorities for food, water, shelter and other supplies, he said.

New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has said that there are 50-60,000 New Orleans residents still unaccounted for, yet what has been accepted from Daley's offer? A single truck.

"We are ready to provide more help than they have requested. We are just waiting for their call," said Daley, adding that he was "shocked" that no one seemed to want the help.

Now, this is what I don't get: How could anyone "in charge" down there, when offered much-needed help, possibly say anything other than, "Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. How soon can it get here?"

The handling of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath has crossed the line from disgusting and shocking to being downright baffling and surreal.

Why wouldn't help be accepted?

To the Unknown Column, at least, this is a question right up there with another question for the ages: "How does Dave Wannstedt keep getting head coaching jobs?"

It makes no sense. None. Whatsoever.


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5:56 PM  
Blogger Nels said...

I think the help is being turned away because everyone has to pass through the military check point to get into the city. (How post-apocalyptic is that?) Even the Red Cross can't get into the city, and the military says they don't want them since it will encourage people to come back to the city to get help. Heaven forbid people get help.

7:17 PM  
Blogger UnknownColumn said...

Yup, heaven forbid people get help. Sadly, this is one of those situations where everyone looks bad and incompetent.

8:13 AM  

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