September 4th, 2005

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Goddamned crossover events.

From the Wikipedia entry on No Man's Land (comics):
In this year long Batman story arc, Gotham City, suffering from the results of a magnitude 7.6 earthquake (depicted in the earlier Cataclysm storyline) is declared a No Man's Land by the US government. Laws are passed making it illegal to enter or leave the city after a particular date, and all known entrances and exits to the city are destroyed. The quarantine is enforced by the US Army and the JLA.


From the "Meet the Press" interview with Aaron Broussard, the President of Jefferson Parish:
Three quick examples. We had Wal-Mart deliver three trucks of water. FEMA turned them back. They said we didn’t need them. This was a week ago. FEMA, we had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast Guard vessel docked in my parish. When we got there with our trucks, FEMA says don’t give you the fuel. Yesterday — yesterday — FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards and said no one is getting near these lines...


I know that Life Imitates Art, but why does it have to imitate such bad art?

It would be funny if it weren't so tragic.
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One of the most distressing parts of the catastrophe on the Gulf Coast are the number of people whose locations are known and who are in contact with the outside world, but have not gotten assistance:

As demonstrated on nola.com's blog section, many individuals know the exact locations and WORKING telephone numbers of family members, most of whom are elderly, sickly, starving, and in serious need of medical attention. When able to get through on emergency telephone numbers, a feat not to be taken lightly, they are dismissed or told that dispatch would be sent immediately, yet no one has come, even though calls have been placed for days. Many do not require full evacuation, but basic medical attention and/or supplies. Many are completely immobile, and unable to access the limited relief sites or food drops.
--(from interdictor's New Orleans Survival Blog -- full text here)


Those who heard or read the interview with Aaron Broussard cited in my last post have heard of a situation where someone's mother drowned, after calling for several days for rescue.

Thankfully, an official organization has recognized this situation and has established a web site to "Request A Rescue" for individuals of known location.

That organization is the United States Coast Guard.

I have never been so proud of my service. Semper Paratus, guys.
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