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Miles and Miles of Texas [Sep. 23rd, 2005|12:21 pm]
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The evacuation of the Texas Coast is an abysmal failure.

An sff.net
regular wrote in the sff.net.discuss.emergency news group that he left his home in the mandatory evacuation area Wednesday night at 5:45 pm. At 8am he had made it to Houston. They were low on gas.  The gas stations had no gas, and traffic was at a standstill. So he drove to his office in Houston and will hunker down there for the duration. He has his family and his pets with him. His sister, who left later wound up turning around and going back to her house.

Louisiana beats Texas in the area of evacuation and Contra-Flow. Score one for Governor Blanco.

Houston Highway Scene

Oh yeah, and the levees are being breeched in New Orleans.

[User Picture]From: curculio
2005-09-23 06:17 pm (UTC)

public vs. private concerns

These two hurricanes underscore the importance of scale when it comes to government and personal responsibility. You could argue that everybody is responsible for themselves, the USA is the paragon of a free market society, after all. Yet could anybody turn a business or a profit, if they were to organize disaster relief? A company that you could call that would be able to first, get you safely out of an area encountering an exected problem, and perhaps offer other services? I won't even consider the possibility of an unexpected problem, like a terrorist created havoc. I guess with the way that government is doing it now, any private concern might be able to do it better. Is there a niche waiting to be filled or can the public do a better job at taking care of its individuals?
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