Re: Hurricane aftermath
- Hi, Liz!
I have posted these few editorial and news items because I felt they
addressed some truths about a lack of preparation. I didn't
personally comment on any, but just felt that these discussions
would be lost in the aftermath and possible backtracking that always
happens when re-creating history. I experienced the wrath of
Hurricane Charley last year, and many homes here are still not
repaired and people are still without homes. The hurricane weather
forecasters projected that this season would be far worse than last
year's horrific storms, so that was certainly a warning. Frankly, I
don't understand why mandantory evacuation came so late for those
people along the gulf coast and why the poor and most vulnerable
were not helped out of that situation. They really had no where to
go or means to leave. I think our government, including both
political parties, needs to re-evaluate and organize agencies to be
better prepared for such castastropies that occur within our nation.
Preparation and funds were not allocated for repairing and upgrading
those levys in New Orleans--rather the money has been diverted to
the War in Iraq--the infrastructure was let to go to pot via the
expense of the war which is yet another issue.
I donated to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund yesterday--but it
is just a drop in the bucket against the overwhelming needs to
rescue and repair. Some pizzeria's in this area are advertising that
10% of their profits from pizza sales tomorrow will go to the Red
Cross Fund. So, if you purchase a $10.00 pizza, $1.00 of it will be
donated. Watching these news broadcasts, I think I would rather
donate the $10.00 and skip a meal, as a reminder that many have not
had anything to eat for days.
Sorry, too, for seeming political, but really it is our focus now--
what is happening along the gulf coasts--we are all going to feel
the outer effects of this devastation for a long, long time. I can't
remember anything that was this widespread--and I am still waiting
to hear the count of those who perished.
I do hope that all family and friends are safe. Terrible really to
Thanks, Liz--I do understand your point.
--- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, ewickings@a...
> Hi Mish and all,coming out of
> Mish, I understand the reason for posting the news and info
> FEMA etc, or the lack of help etc...way it may
> I don't want to sound like I am defending the Bush camp, yet in a
> come off just like I am. Obviously most of us do not understandthe red
> tape that goes along with government issues.... I used to workfor DoD, so I
> know how some of this works. Takes way too long to get anythingdone.
> Although a plan is suppose to be in place for issues like these,it still takes
> time to put it fully into action when needed.hit, and
> Relief efforts have been in place actually before the hurricane
> even though the pictures we are seeing are unbearable and heartwrenching, they
> are doing what they can to get food, water, and medical suppliesto the
> victims. My son is a Hospital Corpsman with the Navy in VA.being sent to the
> area to assist. They were already on alert and being briefedbefore the
> hurricane hit, and also being trained for more than just medicalrelief efforts.
> They also have to be prepared for the violence and dangers thatgoes along
> with how the victims are reacting. If they were to just dropbundles of food
> and water for the crowd to fight over, there would be more chaosthan what is
> happening. They have to make every effort that will keep as manypeople safe,
> and alive as possible, even if it means more lives beinglost..... not
> something I am comfortable with, yet a fact of how they arehandling the
> situation. Some reporters are claiming most of the victims arehandling their
> situation without violence. Change the channel and others aresaying riots, rapes
> and killings are on going. Think of the worse case scenario,and that is
> what is happening.in
> I have been sitting at my tv crying my eyes out.... having lived
> Louisiana for a couple years, and family still there and inMississippi whom we
> haven't heard from. All that we can do as citizens or humanbeings is find a
> way to help. The American Red Cross is asking for moneydonations, and some
> efforts and underway to get food, water, medications, police andfire rescue
> workers from various States to help in the efforts. We allwould hope that
> things would happen sooner! And hopefully that is what ishappening! We
> all could stay home this holiday weekend and conserve the gasthat will be in
> short supply, with the prices here near $4 bucks a gallon.type of
> Having been an eck borg for 30 years I never thought about this
> suffering much, I wouldn't let myself. "Don't take on otherpeoples Karma...."
> but for the life of me, I can't imagine anyone not feeling somesort of
> emotion! Not sure how to say this, other than my heart, andprayers go out to
> them all, and if any of us can help in any way possible, I forone will be!
>There will be
> Love and compassion is what is needed, not finger pointing.
> plenty of time for all that later I am sure!